History, Evolution, and The Darwin Debate

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Form factors and non-genetic evolution

January 24th, 2015 · No Comments


There is something missing in standard accounts of evolution: that’s because the account is purely about biochemistry/genetics, and randomness, which allows one to bypass the tricky issue of form factors, if any, that mediate the chemical. Biologists would not take form factors seriously, but once you figure out that darwinism is a fiction the question arises, it becomes clear that something like a ‘shape-directionality’ must stand behind the constructive emergence of forms. A major heresy, but…

Dawkins et al. consider that the gene is the core pivot of change. But that won’t fly, ladies/gentlemen.

Looking at world history the issue becomes a little clearer: there is no genetic intermediate! Things emerge in highly complex coordinations (on the scale of cultures/civilizations) and these must emerge in relation to some unseen ‘form factor’. That is bad news for reductionists.

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