DESCRIPTION Merged Evolution charts the implications of two major forces of change, information technology and biotechnology, combined with a third force, that of artifactual information, which is handed down dichronically from computing device to computing device. Through developments anticipated in the near future, Dr. Goonatilake describes the merging of these three systems, a convergence which will profoundly affect the biological, social, and technical fields much more than previous studies have implied. Together these changes yield an entirely different history – and a different future of the world for life, nature and civilization. This book addresses the broader issue arising from these important developments using the unifying perspective of general evolutionary theory to yield a fresh and profound insight. CONTENTS Introduction 1. THREE LINEAGES AND TWO TECHNOLOGIES a. Biological Evolution : The genetic Lineage b. The Cultrual Stream of Science c. The Computer Information Flowline d. The Exosomatic Lineage Develops Its Autonomy e. Biotechnology 2. THE THREE LINEAGES MERGE f. The Merging of Culture and Artifical Information g. The Merging of culture and genes h. The Merging of Biology and Computing 3. CONSEQUENCES i. The Macro Properties of Merged Evolution g. An Extended Sociology : The Structure of New “” Communities.”” Bibliography Index.
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