The Nature of Consciousness

Piero Scaruffi

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

The Logic Of Evolution

Evolution is about a pattern (in particular, a string of DNA, but it could also be some other pattern) and it involves the following steps:

   Reproduction. Copies are made of the pattern.

   Variation. Random errors appear in the copies and yield variants.

   Selection. The environment selects which variants survive.

These simple steps cause continuous mutations of the pattern. Each generation copes better with the environment.

In addition, other factors may accelerate evolution: sex accelerates evolution; learning accelerates evolution.


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