Self-Organization, Natural Selection, and Evolution: Cellular Hardware and Genetic Software

  title={Self-Organization, Natural Selection, and Evolution: Cellular Hardware and Genetic Software},
  author={Brian R Johnson and Sheung Kwan Lam},
Self-organization is sometimes presented as an alternative to natural selection as the primary mechanism underlying the evolution of function in biological systems. Here we argue that although self-organization is one of selection's fundamental tools, selection itself is the creative force in evolution. The basic relationship between self-organization and natural selection is that the same self-organizing processes we observe in physical systems also do much of the work in biological systems… 

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