Agency and choice in evolution

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Abstract

Denis Noble has produced a succinct analysis of the ‘Illusions of the Modern Synthesis’. At the heart of the matter is the place of agency in organisms. This paper examines the nature of conscious agent action in organisms, and the role of affects in shaping agent choice. It examines the dual role these have in shaping evolution, and in the social worlds of scientists that shape evolutionary theory. Its central claim follows Noble, that agency is central to the structure of organisms, and raises careful consideration for the role animal agency and affective evaluations in biology, and in biologists.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalBiosemiotics
Early online date23 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • agency
  • evolution
  • choice
  • biology
  • social meaning-making
  • Denis Noble

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