Evolution 2.0

The human mind is an anomaly… the only Darwinian engine that I know of which can work against the governing dynamics of evolution. The most explicit revelation of this anomaly I’ve seen is in contraception. In the infinite regressional continuum of evolutionary transformations the species would never become capable of restricting its own replication because evolution is just a mechanism for perpetual transmission of digitally encoded information. In other words “A hen is just an eggs way of making another egg”.

But now that we stand as the undisputable proof of a deviation from the norms… I’d like to know where this paradigm shift will take us. I think this is an important period in history… Memetic transformations are starting to interfere with the dynamics of evolution. We may be the prokaryotes of the new era of meme-based evolution. But unlike genetic organisms… meme carrying entities are driven by extremely complex rules and resist naive meme mutation unlike their genetic counterparts.

If everything goes as it does now with the development of more effective meme communication (like the internet), I see a future of memetic eukaryotes. Extremely complex machinery consisting of well connected entities some of which are biological(brains) and others bio- induced (machinery made by the ancestoral biological entities). These memetic eukaryotes would evolve very quickly under the right circumstances and can possibly change the fate of the universe.

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2 thoughts on “Evolution 2.0

  1. I really think you’re overstating the case for contraception.

    “In the infinite regressional continuum of evolutionary transformations the species would never become capable of restricting its own replication …”

    This is not true. Contraception is no threat to a species as long as reproductive rates are maintained at sufficient levels to sustain the species.

    And I don’t see that contraception is really a paradigm shift. Anything that limits reproduction has the same effect. Few advanced animals produce as many offspring as they physically could, eg. many only reproduce in the spring. Most animals reproduce even less in extreme circumstances (eg. starving females don’t ovulate). The intelligent use of contraception just lowers the threshold and gives us more control.

    An interesting post all the same.

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