Friday, February 19, 2010
Changing Species Change Environments
Scientists have discovered what anyone who understands complex systems already understands: evolution of species affects the environment. I am thrilled that this has been definitely demonstrated, though, as it sets up a solid foundation for understanding how changing organisms change the environment, which changes the organisms. And for a species as flexible as humans, with a highly plastic brain that complexifies in response to a more complex environment, this is even more true. This is a very significant development for understanding both evolution and the environment, including human mental evolution and our human environments. Feedback loops are yet again confirmed.