How Does Evolution Work?

In part one of evolution, we agreed that evolution is NOT a simplistic version of survival of the fittest, but rather a change in the gene pool over time. We said that we have no control over time and that our direct impact upon our own human gene pool is insignificant. The third word in the definition is change.

What causes this change?

No person knows exactly, and unless you can understand all the genes in all the species in the ecosystem and all the ways in which these species interact to allow the ecosystem to be alive, then there is no way for you to know precisely what causes evolution, beyond what we have already said. There is a change in the gene pool, that is, a change in the information content of the living ecosystem.

Now it gets complicated because the gene pool changes in response to the environment. That sounds like a cycle, doesn’t it, with the gene pool on one side and the environment on the other. The gene pool is necessary for the environment, and the environment is necessary for the gene pool. And this is true, except for time.

If the gene pool changes in response to the environment then the gene pool is changed, and it can not go back to what it was before. Therefore, in the next moment of time, or more likely the next generation of organisms, the relationship between the gene pool and the environment is different, because the gene pool is different. That will then make the environment somewhat different; and then the environment influences the gene pool again in the next following generation. So it’s not a cycle, like the carbon cycle, that happens over and over again in the same sort of way. It’s more like a spiral with infinite potential to continue — if it doesn’t destroy its own environment or its own gene pool.

So to this guy on Wall Street who is puffing out his chest and gloating that he is contributing to the survival of the fittest by causing the destruction of weaker companies, or because his company has grown 100%. That’s not the way it works. Furthermore, he doesn’t know how it works. And what that guy has done to us all is essentially to unbalance the ecosystem, which depends upon balance for its survival.

The ecosystem does not honor Ponzi schemes, nor does it honor growth. The ecosystem defines “fitness,” as the ability to maintain a viable balance among all the factors that it requires for its survival. Balance between the gene pool and the environment; balance in all the interactions among all the species in the gene pool of the ecosystem; balance among all the chemicals and nutrients that cycle around so that we may have life, and balance between input of energy from the sun and its use by organisms.

090906Bali_dsc3512S copyThat economist who is going around boasting that he has grown 100%, what has he done by growing 100%? He has taken out more resources than the earth ecosystem can sustainably replace, he has destroyed species that are required for balance of the ecosystem, and even changed the weather for goodness sakes, and he thinks he has done a good thing because he‘s a winner in human terms. That guy, who is richer and more important than any other person on wall street, if you measure him by natural law, is one of the most unfit persons on earth. He and his friends have caused more harm than any other single group of humans, probably in history, because he, like Hitler, chose to rally behind a silly slogan rather than find out how evolution really does work.

The ecosystem is not human; it does not bow to human power, and its requirements for survival are not dictated by human ethical beliefs. We can not change the physical laws of God, such as gravity, thermodynamics and evolution — or of the ecosystem. The only thing we can do to contribute to a viable balance in the ecosystem is change our own behaviors, and it’s way past time that we begin.