Cognition-Based Evolution Natural Cellular Engineering and the Intelligent Cell
Cognition-Based Evolution is the first comprehensive alternative to 20th-century Neodarwinism, proposing a radical 21st-century evolutionary framework with a novel point of origination: all cells are intelligent and must measure uncertain environmental information to sustain themselves. In Cognition-Based Evolution, life is defined by cognition. From this differential stance, evolutionary biology transforms into the science of why, how, what, and with whom cells measure and communicate under stressful environmental conditions. Life's context is uncertain environmental information, communication is its means, and genes are its tools. Evolution is its yield as continuous non-random self-referential cellular problem-solving.
Introduction: Evolution Recast. Neodarwinism: Evolution in the 20th Century. 21st Century Evolution: The Intelligent Measuring Cell. The Cellular Information Cycle and Biological Information Management. The Senome: The Cellular Connection with Environmental Information. The N-space Episenome: Concordant Cellular Information. Natural Cellular Engineering as Multicellular Problem-solving. Non-random Variations in Natural Cellular Engineering. The Virome and Natural Viral-Cellular Engineering. Holobionts: A Consensual ‘We’. The Role of the Microbiome in the Evolution and Development of Holobionts. Four Domains and the Primacy of the Unicellular State. Speciation. Sexual Reproduction and its Impact on Evolutionary Variation. Extinction . Old Controversies Revisited—Where is the Cusp of Creativity? The Primacy of Cellular Consciousness. How Might Biology Instruct Physics? A Separation from the Past. Conclusion—The Intelligent Measuring Cell. Appendix: Differential Features Between Cognition-Based Evolution and the Neodarwinian Modern Synthesis.