From: Bruce Edmonds (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue 03 Feb 2004 - 10:55:15 GMT
The Evolution of Language and Science Studied
by means of Biological Concepts
by Börje Ekstig
2. The Pattern
4. Parallels in Cultural Evolution
5. The Evolution of Language
6. The Evolution of Science
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,
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