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Evolution as Context-driven Actualization of Potential1 Liane Gabora

Summary: Evolution as Context-driven Actualization of Potential1
Liane Gabora
Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel,
and Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, liane@berkeley.edu
Diederik Aerts
Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies and Department of Mathematics
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, diraerts@vub.ac.be
While natural selection is often viewed as synonymous with evolution, it is widely felt to be inadequate
as a theory of biological evolution; moreover, historically the concept of evolution has not been limited
to biology. We propose an integrative framework for characterizing how entities evolve, in which
evolution is viewed as a process of context-driven actualization of potential (CAP). Processes of
change differ according to the degree of nondeterminism, and the degree to which they are sensitive to,
internalize, and depend upon a particular environment or context. The approach enables us to embed
phenomena across multiple disciplines into a broader conceptual framework. It suggests that the
dynamical evolution of a quantum entity as described by the Schrödinger equation is not fundamentally
different from change provoked by a measurement often referred to as collapse but a limiting case, with
only one way to collapse. The biological transition to coded replication is seen as a means of preserving
structure in the face of context, and sexual replication as a means of increasing potentiality thus


Source: Aerts, Diederik - Leo Apostel Centre, Vrije Universiteit Brussel


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