A unifying theory of biological evolution

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This chapter is an extract of the model on biological evolution reported in the book [Brender McNair, 2016a]. The focus here is on presenting the Mereon-related aspects of the outcome rather than the book’s details of a variety of theories on biological evolution, from Darwin and Lamarck till today. The most important outcome of the study is how the Mereon Matrix’s template information model solved decades of combat between seemingly antagonistic theories on evolution; it demonstrates that and how all the evolutionary theories are independent, cooperative theories. In conclusion of the study as a whole, it seems plausible that the template information model of the Mereon Matrix might be the General System Theory that von Bertalanffy called for.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Mereon Matrix : Everything Connected through (K)nothing
EditorsJytte Brender McNair, Lynnclaire Dennis, Louis H. Kauffman
Number of pages36
PublisherWorld Scientific
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-981-3233-55-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-3233-57-7
Publication statusPublished - 2018
SeriesSeries on Knots and Everything


  • Biological evolution
  • General systems theory
  • Mereon matrix
  • Perspectives
  • Pre-life evolution

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    McNair, J. B. (2018). A unifying theory of biological evolution. In J. B. McNair, L. Dennis, & L. H. Kauffman (Eds.), The Mereon Matrix: Everything Connected through (K)nothing (2 ed., pp. 699-734). World Scientific. Series on Knots and Everything, Vol.. 62 https://doi.org/10.1142/9789813233560_0014