The Nature of Consciousness

Piero Scaruffi

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These are excerpts and elaborations from my book "The Nature of Consciousness"

Universal Darwinism

In view of recent progress in several disciplines, in which the Darwinian paradigm keeps recurring at different levels of organization (species, immune system, brain), it seems reasonable to assume that Darwinism is a universal principle, not limited to Biology. The British psychologist Henry Plotkin actually believes that Darwinism is likely to become the basis of all science, the idea spreading beyond biological evolution.

"Universal Darwinism" will be a theory based on Darwinism but general enough to encompass everything. A likely candidate structure for an empirical science is one based on the concepts of replicator (an entity that can make copies of itself) and interactor (an entity that can propagate replicators in space and conserve them in time while interacting with the environment). The presence of this combination is evidence that evolutionary algorithms are at work. They occur in life, in the brain, in the immune system, in memes.


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