New JoM-EMIT paper: Evolution of Language and Science Studied by ... by Ekstig

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Date: Tue 03 Feb 2004 - 10:55:15 GMT

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                      The Evolution of Language and Science Studied
                             by means of Biological Concepts
                                     by Börje Ekstig

    Abstract 1. Introduction 2. The Pattern 3. Condensation 4. Parallels in Cultural Evolution 5. The Evolution of Language 6. The Evolution of Science 7. Summary References


    This study examines certain mechanisms underlying the evolution of language and science -- including mathematics -- using concepts developed in the field of biological evolution. Developmental processes are particularly emphasized. Analysis of developmental processes, processes such as human embryonic development, children’s verbal development, and adolescents’ scientific conceptual development reveals the unifying principle referred to as "condensation" -- the successive shortening of developmental stages. The mechanism of condensation is coupled to the rate of evolutionary change.

    The analysis examines the applicability of the concept of the meme. Regarding the evolution of language, we suggest a cooperative combination of genetic and memetic replication; while early on in the evolution of science only memetic replication is envisaged.

    Key words: Evolution, development, memes, cultural evolution, language, science, mathematics.

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