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Evolution is a process where an object adjust to the environment through change over time. For an evolution to appear we need two factors.
- Objects that can multiply and change
- Environment that enforces the change
Both are necessary and sufficient. Without objects we have no things to evolve. If they could not multiply than we only have self-improvement. Without environmental pressure the changes do not lead anywhere. Note that the improvement is always with respect to the environment – there is no evolution for its own sake.
Examples of evolution (format – object, environment):
- creatures’ DNA, living creatures on earth
- pseudogenes, DNA
- viruses, infected creatures
- genres, music
- ideas, brains
- words, spoken and written language
I find it interesting to ponder in which non-standard fields does the notion of evolution make sense. I like, in particular, ideas where quick spreading objects are called memes and words that did evolve quite naturally, but their environment changed with the introduction of print and interconnected world.