Network Theory and the Formation of Groups Without Evolutionary Forces

Abstract

This paper presents a modified random network model to illustrate how groups can form in the absence of evolutionary forces, assuming groups are collections of entities at any level of organization. This model is inspired by the Zero Force Evolutionary Law, which states that there is always a tendency for diversity and complexity to increase in any evolutionary system containing variation and heredity. That is, in the absence of evolutionary forces, the expectation is a continual increase in diversity and complexity at any level of biological hierarchy. I show that, when modeled, this expectation of increasing variation results not only in the formation of groups, but also in a higher probability of group formation than is found in a model that is purely random.

DOI: 10.1007/s11692-011-9140-9

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@article{Fleming2011NetworkTA, title={Network Theory and the Formation of Groups Without Evolutionary Forces}, author={Leonore Fleming}, journal={Evolutionary Biology}, year={2011}, volume={39}, pages={94-105} }