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A De Loof (2004)

Evolution : the problem solving strategy as the basic unit of adaptation ?


The theory of evolution would gain in acceptance if it were better able to banish the tautologies that continue to dominate some of its formulations. The principles of communication/problem solving might be helpful in this respect. For example, adaptation as ``the evolutionary process by which an organism becomes fitted to its environment'' could be replaced by : ``adaptation concerns the solving of a particular (set of) problem(s) in a given environment/context, making use of preexisting problem solving strategies''. `Survival of the fittest' says nothing more than that the survivors survive. An alternative could be : ``If they are not prematurely eliminated by accidental death, the best problem solvers have better chances for being rewarded with a higher level of contentment, and by faster growth and reproductive advantages''. Problem solving requires adequate hardware, software, energy as well as the proper motivation.

selection; microevolution; macroevolution; megaevolution
9th Benelux Congress of Zoology, Antwerp, BELGIUM, NOV 08-09, 2002
  • ISSN: 0777-6276

ISSN 2295-0451 (online version)
ISSN 0777-6279 (printed version)
impact factor 2015: 0,87.

Prof. Dr. Isa Schön
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels, Belgium


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