Beyond Darwin - the general evolutionary theory as unification of biological and cultural evolution

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Authors

Erhard Glötzl 

Abstract

The general evolutionary theory can be seen as a comprehensive generalization and extension of Darwin's theory. The basic idea is to consider not only the evolution of genetic information - as Darwin did - but also the evolution of very general information. It shows that evolution is characterized by the fact that new types of information have developed in leaps and bounds, each with new storage technologies, new duplication technologies and new processing technologies. This unified concept of evolution makes it possible, among other things, to 1) achieve a unified view of biological and cultural evolution; 2) find a natural periodization of the evolution from the formation of the earth until today; and 3) understand the exponential acceleration of evolution through the emergence of targeted variation mechanisms.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.32942/X2ZK6F

Subjects

Evolution, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Keywords

generalization of Darwinian theory, big history, information, periodization, targeted variation, acceleration of evolution, Singularity

Dates

Published: 2024-01-22 11:33

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CC-By Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International

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Language:
English

Conflict of interest statement:
None