Outline of a Unified Darwinian Evolutionary Theory for Physical and Biological Systems

Prog Biophys Mol Biol. 2017 Nov;130(Pt A):80-87. doi: 10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2017.05.006. Epub 2017 May 17.


The scheme of a unified Darwinian evolutionary theory for physical and biological systems is described. Every physical system is methodologically endowed with a classical information processor, which turns every system into an agent being also susceptible to evolution. Biological systems retain this structure as natural extensions of physical systems from which they are built up. Optimization of information flows turns out to be the key element to study the possible emergence of quantum behavior and the unified Darwinian description of physical and biological systems. The Darwinian natural selection scheme is completed by the Lamarckian component in the form of the anticipation of states of surrounding bio-physical systems.

Keywords: Adaptive dynamics; Darwinian evolution; Information theory; Quantum biological information; Quantum information; Quantum mechanical foundations.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Evolution, Molecular*
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological*
  • Selection, Genetic