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Epigenetic and Cultural Evolution are non-Darwinian

Gabora, Dr. L. M. (2007) Epigenetic and Cultural Evolution are non-Darwinian. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Abstract

The argument that heritable epigenetic change plays a distinct role in evolution would be strengthened through recognition that it is what bootstrapped the origin and early evolution of life, and like behavioral and symbolic change, is non-Darwinian. The mathematics of natural selection, a population-level process, is limited to replication with negligible individual-level change, i.e. that uses a self-assembly code.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:epigenesis, cultural evolution, Darwinian theory, natural selection, self-assembly code, origin of life, symbol use, evolution of behavior
Subjects:Biology > Behavioral Biology
Biology > Theoretical Biology
Biology > Evolution
ID Code:5962
Deposited By:Gabora, Dr. Liane
Deposited On:10 Mar 2008 14:49
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:57

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