A great unraveling of Neo-Darwinian logic is underway.
Specifically the concept that the perpetuation of genes is the organizing principle of animal behavior. Neo-Darwinian logic is the basis of both the Dominance model and the model of learning by reinforcement. They are not as different as they may appear. Whereas my premise is that increasing the flow of emotion (emotion being the universal operating system of animal consciousness) is the organizing principle of behavior and social systems. One blogger stated it perfectly:
“If correct, the theory could push biologists to view the various forms of life as different methods to disperse energy, and remove the need to define every adaptation within the lens of natural selection.”
Adrian Bejan in “Design In Nature” repeatedly states that organisms are “machines” or “motors” in the sense that they are a more efficient means of distributing the flows of natural energies. In other words, the movement of a trout helps to mix the water and transfer energies through the affiliated ecosystem. At some point, a new generation of behaviorists are going to apply the “thermodynamic lens” to behavior and realize that this is what organizes complex learning and social behavior as well.
It’s beginning to trickle in that adaptability is not always about gene proliferation. In my reading of animal behavior, genes don’t cause behavior, they lock in efficient behaviors that improve the flow within the configuration. And just as it’s not likely that once in a while the earth goes around the sun, all adaptations are predicated on improvements of flow, rather than the result of random mutations that increase a particular gene’s rate of replication. I would restate the blogger’s comments to be…..
“If correct, the theory could push biologists to view the various forms of life as different methods to disperse energy, and remove the need to define ANY adaptation within the lens of natural selection.”