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Niche Construction - Its Frightening Implications

Niche construction is neatly outlined in a book [1]. In its preface the authors claim:


As our investigation proceeded, it appeared the ramifications of niche construction grew to frightening proportions.


I exactly understand what is frightening the authors here. It is the anticipation of a new evolutionary concept which becomes applicable to human social evolution as well and which challenges the values maintained by official propaganda.

It was just the same reason that scared off editors to publish fauceir theory for more than a decade now.

Yes there is a fundamental ideological struggle between those who strive for social progress based on knowledge deduced from evolutionary theory and those who strive to confine evolutionary theory in its narrow, biological limits or deny it altogether.

Every kind of propaganda, ideology, and even war can be understood as niche construction at the social level. If that evolutionary perspective is taken every ideology become reduced to just what it is a temporary and locally attempt of niche construction conducted by the rulers to maintain their power. It is indeed frightening as shows how fragile such belief systems can be.

Tags: Evolution Ideology Theory

Fauceir's Environment

A fauceir's environment is the sum of all neighboring fauceirs capable to exchange information or exert some type of control. This includes master as well as slave fauceirs.

The function of an environment is to provide incentives for a fauceirs adaptation.

This perspective allows two conclusions:

  1. A fauceir adapts to meet the requirements of both internal, element, or slave fauceirs and external, aggregate, or master fauceirs.
  2. As the environment consists of fauceirs themselves, it is not constant but subject to adaptation and evolution too.
  3. Finally, adaptation is a bidirectional process. The fauceir adapts as well as its environment. The adaptation of the environment is called niche construction if the external environment is changed, and enforced enslavement if the internal environment is changed.

The relationship between any given fauceir (F) and its internal (I) and external (E) environment is depicted in the two graphics below. The bluish arrows signify the direction of influences that enforce niche construction and the greenish arrows signify the opposite efect exerted on element fauceirs, enforced enslavement.

The first picture illustrates the fauceir's (F) self-centered,"egoistic", perspective.

A fauceir influence on its environment

The second picture illustrates the same situation, but the fauceir (F) observed from somewhere at the outsite.

A fauceir influenced by its environment

Tags: Adaptation Control Information Theory


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