Directional Thought and Evolution

  • Andrew Y. GliksonEmail author


The source of the information for the links between the “hardware” and “software” required for cooperative interaction between cell elements (golgi) and the capacity of damaged DNA biomolecules for self-repair, requiring biochemical components involved in DNA replication, transcription and translation, remains little understood. Equally difficult to understand is swarm intelligence, where a multitude of particles behave instantaneously in unison. Large bodies of evidence exist for thought processes by creatures other than human, whether individual organisms or swarm intelligence. The thought process, which constitutes an intelligent directional activity, is difficult to understand in terms of natural selection where directionality results from survival of the fittest and elimination of weaker species. By distinction from the Darwinian natural selection principle, thought processes facilitated by neuron networks constitute purposeful proactive directional trajectories. Of the least understood phenomena, the capacity of the human brain to decode the very physical and chemical laws which underlie its own structure is also the most perplexing. In observing nature, the universe and itself, the human outlook has long been skewed in favor of its own self-serving outlook, admiring gods in its own self-image and evolutionary theories in terms of its own supposed superiority. This outlook, reflected in the concept of the Anthropic principle, which throws doubt on empirical scientific observations, should be capable of being circumvented through the scientific falsification method. The remarkable star, solar, magnetic, current and wind-guided navigational talents of a range of creatures—ants, bees, birds, turtles, whales—constitute capacities in no way inferior to those of many anthropogenic thought processes and instruments. Large bodies of evidence exist indicating animals can think. It is likely that human understanding of life remains subject to the decoding of hitherto unknown basic laws of physics which allow and control life.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research School of Earth ScienceAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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