From Evolution to Inevitolution
There are no questions that evolution has taken place, but was it Darwinian evolution? This question may sound absurd, because we know of no other evolution. But let’s think about this for a moment. If we look at evolution on a large time scale, we have to accept that evolution has undoubtedly taken place allowing some form of bacterial life (the simplest known form of self-sufficient organism) over a period of several billion years to evolve into the most complex form of life: humans. However, in order to be Darwinian, this evolution has to fulfill one fundamental principal: each subsequent evolutionary step leads to a new organism, which is better adapted to the environment than its ancestor. Therefore, we can expect that the pinnacle of evolution — humans are better adapted to at least some type of environment than the most primitive form of life — bacteria.
Humans need at least 13 years plus 9 months to reproduce. Bacteria reproduce every few minutes. Humans need an ambient temperature between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius to feel comfortable. Bacteria can survive any temperature below zero and as high as 100 Celsius.
Bacteria can live everywhere and anywhere on earth. They can utilize anything and everything as a source of food. The best proof of their perfect design is that they have not changed since evolution has began! Nature was not able to come up with anything better adapted than the simplest form of life. The whole evolution, from the bacteria view point, was simply diversification of its diet, which now includes … humans.
Since the pinnacle of evolution is not better adapted to any environment than the starting point, the evolution that we see and which had without any doubts has taken place, cannot possibly be Darwinian. Rather, Darwin accurately described inheritable adaptive changes without increased complexity, which are not really part of evolution from simple to complex life forms.
Thus, Darwinian evolution fails to address the most fundamental evolutionary observation — ever increasing complexity of life, which gives no adaptation advantages.
What kind of evolution was it?
If adaptation to the environment cannot serve as an engine of increased complexity, what does? Since increased complexity gives no evolutionary advantage to life, there are really only two alternative explanations — it is the intrinsic property of life and was inevitable or is the result of intelligent intervention.
Inevitability is certainly a central player in evolution of the universe and just about everything in nature, including evolution of humans as civilization.
For example, even though, there is no complete agreement between cosmologists on a Big Bang hypothesis, there is an agreement that under force of gravity and electromagnetism, dust clouds inevitably become stars, and then, depending on the size, some stars will make more than one kind of chemical elements than others. Stars eventually explode and bits and pieces of them cool down and inevitably become planets forming planetary systems, including our own. Here we can see that just sheer chance, numbers and intrinsic properties of matter took simple and disorganized “primitive” cosmic dust to “complex” organized planetary system. Note, that this cosmic evolution toward complexity had an inevitable outcome, despite the fact that it was not “directed” by anything, each individual cosmic event was completely random and it was not “adopting” to any environment.
In another example, civilization development is driven by scientific discoveries which have to inevitably happen. One human being has very little value for this inevitability: individual human’s only intrinsic inevitable quality is death. As number of humans was small, it was taking a long time from one discovery to another. For example, it took thousands of years to exit the stone age and enter bronze age. The man who came up with the first stone tool had no competition for thousands of years. Today, even though an average human intelligence has not changed, when I get a “new” idea in my small and highly specialized field, I can be assured with 99% certainty that someone had exactly the same idea a few days or perhaps few years ago. It becomes incredibly hard to be original … which means that all possible discoveries became inevitable. This inevitability of increased complexity of civilization is not directed by anything or anybody, but is an intrinsic property of a large group of humans: everything that can be discovered advancing humanity to an unknown, unpredictable and yet inevitable finale. We do not know who will make a discoveries, we don’t know how it will happen, but they will happen with absolute certainty. Just like in quantum mechanics, everything that can happen will happen, given enough time.
The increased number of people ensures the ever diminishing impact of major non-linear developments, even as significant as world wars, on inevitability of human destiny. There are just too many of us and no war can decrease the population to the level that would divorce humanity from its ultimate predetermined path of evolution.
This increase of complexity of civilization is not only inevitable, but the speed of the inevitable outcomes is continuously accelerating by virtue of population increase.
It seems that evolution is in fact a mere revelation of inevitable properties of matter, which seem to need only 3 conditions to be revealed: number of attempts, time, and hidden quality of matter that can manifest under certain circumstances.
I have chosen the two examples above because they are based on a solid foundation of fact, even though their scale is vastly different from each other. Also, in case of cosmic events we deal with non-life matter and in case of humanity we deal with the pinnacle of life. Yet, in both cases the increased complexity is not the result of adaptation to the environment and it does not require intelligent direction or design. It is simply an inevitable manifestation of intrinsic properties of matter, living or not. If that is the case, why can’t we accept that origin of life and its increased complexity is simply just that — an intrinsic property of matter which manifested with inevitability when given enough times to try. I would call it — Inevitable Evolution (Inevitolution).
What is the possible mechanism of inevitolution of life on earth?
Inheritable changes in complexity of life are a manifestation of changes in DNA. Those changes are acquired through mutations. Theory of evolution says that mutations are random. But are they? There is a well known phenomenon of mutation hotspots and even within hotspots, there is a hierarchy with areas that are more likely to mutate than others. Having areas that are more or less likely to mutate, the inevitolution can be programmed to unravel in a specific order that would be determined solely by intrinsic properties of the initial genetic sequence and will explain the complexity that has no adaptation advantages. This complexity was simply inevitable and needed time and numbers to reveal every pre-existing possibility on a path from a bang to humans who discovered it.