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And DK asked:
How does chaos complicate or enrich evolutionary theory in biology? How does the nonlinearity that chaos features interact with mutation/drift/natural selection? Is there a canonical text (or at least something authoritative & comprehensive) on this?
I think one of the key texts on this subject is going to be
Guastello, S.J., Koopmans, M., & Pincus, D. (Eds.). (2009). Chaos and Complexity in Psychology: Theory of Nonlinear Dynamics. NY: Cambridge University Press.
Stephen Guastello is aware of grid-group cultural theory, citing Douglas and Wildavsky (1982) in his introduction to the ‘civilization’ special edition of Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences
[Guastello, S. 2008 ‘Civilization in spite of ourselves’. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 1-2.]
On evolution more generally, this is probably still the one:
Kauffman, S. (1993). The origins of order: Self-organization and selection in evolution. New York: Oxford University Press.
And even more generally,
Auyang, S. Y. (1998) Foundations of complex-system theories: in economics, evolutionary biology and statistical physics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Some applications of chaos theory relevant to cultural cognition and to grid-group cultural theory:
- Stephen J. Guastello and Denise D. Guastello, Dynamics of Attitudes and Genetic Processes
- M. Spohn, Violent Societies: An Application of Orbital Decomposition to the Problem of Human Violence
Chaos theory explained using Magnetix
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