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                                                                                    JNLRMI Vol. II Nr. 1 February 2003

 

 

The Unity Theory of Evolution

 Stephen P. Smith*, Claire C. Smith **
Copyright 2002 

 

Abstract. The unity theory of evolution is presented as a paradigm of global and cosmic learning, and it is contrasted with Darwin�s view based on reproductive competition and natural selection. Key assumptions are identified in each view, with the unity theory pointing to a deeper connection among all living things, and with survival-of-the-fittest pointing to a view based on random chance and innate separation. These assumptions are looked at deeply from a metaphysical perspective, and some surprising conclusions are discovered. Our acceptance of survival-of-the-fittest, perhaps even with complementary arguments from complexity theory, was premature as deeper issues have been left unresolved that question both the nature of time and random chance.  A connection is made between the dynamics of information theory and metaphysical creativity, suggesting that subjective choice cannot logically be disentangled from the splitting of time symmetry, thus further suggesting that consciousness cannot be logically separated from the greater universe or from evolution itself. It is argued that the unity theory provides a more reasonable explanation of our shared observations. Therefore, the assumptions that underlie survival-of-the-fittest are relational and are reflective of a deeper mystery. 

Key words: Abduction, Active perception, Anthropic coincidence, Chaos theory, Choice, Consciousness, Creativity, Entropy, Information theory, Lamarckism, Maxwell�s demon, Self- referral, Subjectivity, Surprise, Synchronicity, Time. 

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