The Exploration of Ecospace: Extending or Supplementing the Neo-Darwinian Paradigm?

The neo-Darwinian paradigm, focusing on natural selection of genes responsible for differential adaption, provides the foundation for explaining evolutionary processes. The modern synthesis is broader, however, focusing on organisms rather than on gene transmissions per se. Yet, strands of current b...

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Published in:Zygon
Main Author: Gregersen, Niels Henrik 1956-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2017]
In:Zygon
Year: 2017, Volume: 52, Issue: 2, Pages: 561-586
Further subjects:B neo-Darwinism
B the Modern Synthesis
B complexification
B exploration of ecospace
B internal / external
B construction theory
B niche
B Panentheism
B views of God
B network causality
B co-evolution
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Summary:The neo-Darwinian paradigm, focusing on natural selection of genes responsible for differential adaption, provides the foundation for explaining evolutionary processes. The modern synthesis is broader, however, focusing on organisms rather than on gene transmissions per se. Yet, strands of current biology argue for further supplementation of Darwinian theory, pointing to nonbiotic drivers of evolutionary development, for example, self-organization of physical structures, and the interaction between individual organisms, groups of organisms, and their nonbiotic environments. According to niche construction theory, when organisms and groups develop, they not only adapt to their environments but modify their environments, creating new habitats for later generations. Insofar as ecological niches persist beyond the lifecycle of individual organisms, an ecological inheritance system exists alongside genetic inheritance. Such ecological structures may even facilitate the development of a cultural inheritance system, as we see in humans. The article discusses theological perspectives of such new developments within holistic biology.
ISSN:1467-9744
Contains:Enthalten in: Zygon
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1111/zygo.12344