Evolution of Adaptive Systems

Evolution of Adaptive Systems

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  • ISBN-13: 9780121347406
  • ISBN: 0121347400
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books


Brock, James P.


The Evolution of Adaptive Systems is the first to radically rework the theory of evolution. Rather than merely amplifying the original Darwinian evolutionary model, it encompasses it within a more dynamic concept - effectively merging the Darwinian theory with that other school of evolutionary thought, structuralism. By placing the theory of evolution within this framework, it resolves the conflict between the Neo-Darwinian school that evolution occurs through selection of random mutations, and the structuralist view that evolution occurs by unfolding of genetic patterns via a process of self organization. By doing so, it integrates classical and contemporary genetics within the context of adaptive systems theory. Key Features * Integrates the conflicting Darwinian and "structuralist" theories of evolution into a single unified theory * Distinguishes clearly between the operation of selection - in the context of ongoing adaptive equilibrium - as against true evolutionary change * Synthesizes the dichotomy shown to exist between fabricational and adaptive paradigms of development * Discusses the divergent views of how speciation is linked to patterns of major evolutionary change * Presents a fresh critical analysis of the methodology of phylogeny reconstructionBrock, James P. is the author of 'Evolution of Adaptive Systems' with ISBN 9780121347406 and ISBN 0121347400.

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