Towards a Theory of Evolution as Multilevel Learning

@article{Vanchurin2021TowardsAT,
  title={Towards a Theory of Evolution as Multilevel Learning},
  author={Vitaly Vanchurin and Yuri I. Wolf and Mikhail I. Katsnelson and Eugene V. Koonin},
  journal={bioRxiv},
  year={2021}
}
We apply the theory of learning to physically renormalizable systems in an attempt to develop a theory of biological evolution, including the origin of life, as multilevel learning. We formulate seven fundamental principles of evolution that appear to be necessary and sufficient to render a universe observable and show that they entail the major features of biological evolution, including replication and natural selection. These principles also follow naturally from the theory of learning. We… 
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