Evolution and epochs

In common usage, the term evolutionary suggests gradual. As Darwin observed, common sense would suggest that species should develop minor differences before the major ones. But this is the opposite of what is seen in the fossil record of the Cambrian explosion. But if we treat evolution as a special case of Whitehead’s logic, as in  JC Smuts’ ‘Holism and Evolution’, then species are epochs, and hence one expects major changes to lead to further minor speciation. (Speculation.) This has implications for ‘Social Darwinism’, as in Mary Midgley’s ‘The selfish metaphor’, New Scientist.

See also

Mathematics and real system, Cybernetics and epochs,


About Dave Marsay
Mathematician with an interest in 'good' reasoning.

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