A Simple Communication Hypothesis: The Process of Evolution Reconsidered

  • Erkki J. BrändasEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Progress in Theoretical Chemistry and Physics book series (PTCP, volume 31)


The scientific basis of Darwinian evolution is reconsidered from the recent progress in chemistry and physics. The idea, promoting a stochastic communication hypothesis, reflects Kant’s famed insight that ‘space and time are the two essential forms of human sensibility’, translated to modern practices of quantum science. The formulation is commensurate with pioneering quantum mechanics, yet extended to take account of dissipative dynamics of open systems incorporating some fundamental features of special and general relativity. In particular we apply the idea to a class of Correlated Dissipative Structures, CDS, in biology, construed to sanction fundamental processes in biological systems at finite temperatures, ordering precise space-time scales of free energy configurations subject to the Correlated Dissipative Ensemble, CDE. The modern scientific approach is appraised and extended incorporating both the material- as well as the immaterial parts of the Universe with significant inferences regarding processes governed by an evolved program. The latter suggests a new understanding of the controversy of molecular versus evolutionary biology. It is demonstrated by numerous examples that such an all-inclusive description of Nature, including the law of self-reference, widens the notion of evolution from the micro to the cosmic rank of our Universe.


Density matrix Space-time Stochastic communication Evolution Correlated dissipative structure CDS Correlated dissipative ensemble CDE 



I am grateful to the Chair of QSCP-XXI, Prof. Yan Alexander Wang, and the Cochair Prof. Jean Maruani, for generously allowing me to present this work in the present proceedings from the Vancouver meeting. This work has, over time, been supported by the Swedish Natural Science Research Council, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, the European Commission, and the Nobel Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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