On the unfitness of natural selection to explain sexual reproduction, and the difficulties that remain
Rossum, Joris P. van
SourceRivista di Biologia = Biology Forum, 99, 2, (2006), pp. 251-272
Article / Letter to editor
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Rivista di Biologia = Biology Forum
In its essence, the explanatory potential of the theory of natural selection is based on the iterative process of random production and variation, and subsequent non-random, directive selection. It is shown that within this explanatory framework, there is no place for the explanation of sexual reproduction. Thus in Darwinistic literature, sexual reproduction - one of nature's most salient characteristics - is often either assumed or ignored, but not explained. This fundamental and challenging gap within a complete naturalistic understanding of living beings calls for the need of a cybernetic account for sexual reproduction, meaning an understanding of the dynamic and creative potential of living beings to continuously and autonomously produce new organisms with unique and specific constellations.
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