Monday, November 30, 2009

On the Origin of Mass Extinctions: Darwin’s Nontrivial Error

This is certainly one of the best abstracts I have read for many a month. I even had to read it twice (which certainly helped).

This particular quote still has been scatching my head a little. I think the only solution is to read the paper.

This problem has led social and evolutionary theorists alike to mistakenly favour earth-based inputs over cosmic inputs, to over-emphasize biological evolution, and to under-emphasize stellar evolution.



On the Origin of Mass Extinctions: Darwin’s Nontrivial Error.

Funk, Matt (2009)

Abstract

Darwin's "Origin" launched evolution into theoretical orbit and it continues to influence its course. This magnum opus detailed a tenable solution to the most fundamental problem of human existence, and although this Promethean vision contains sundry trivial flaws, there is, however, one nontrivial error which misguides several crucial developments – not only in the evolving structure of evolutionary theory, but across the entire spectrum of science, including politico-economics. This problem has led social and evolutionary theorists alike to mistakenly favour earth-based inputs over cosmic inputs, to over-emphasize biological evolution, and to under-emphasize stellar evolution. These methodological and logical errors have, in turn, emphasized the significance of the individual “struggle against competitors” over the cooperative “struggle against inclement environments”, and thus, as a result, fashionable theories relating to Global Warming, The Problem of Sustainable Economic Development, and The Tragedy of the Commons have been erected on a false foundations – and, moreover, point toward inherently unstable solutions. And to these salient points, in light of the theory presented here, we discover that the effective coordination of global threat mitigation efforts requires unprecedented levels of international politico-economic cooperation.

3 comments:

Matt Funk said...

Thanks Rob! This paper will be published in a forthcoming Proc Linn Soc issue; I've posted an updated preprint archive here: http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/19395/. And for those with further interest in this problem, I highly recommend "Cosmic Connection", a fantastic new book by Jeff Kanipe (cited in my paper). Thanks again!

Matt Funk said...

Here's a follow-up paper which you might find of some interest as well: "On the Truly Noncooperative Game of Life on Earth: Darwin, Hardin, & Ostrom's Nontrivial Errors - http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/19442/

Thanks again, Rob!

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