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Darwin-L Message Log 1:27 (September 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<1:27>From bdenzler@acpub.duke.edu  Mon Sep  6 00:20:08 1993

Date: Mon, 6 Sep 1993 01:17:20 -0400 (EDT)
From: Brenda Denzler <bdenzler@acpub.duke.edu>
Subject: Re: Evolution and Change
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

On Sun, 5 Sep 1993, Robert Guralnick wrote:

> emphasis in Social Psychology.  I was interested in how group processes
> change when events, both momentous and small happen.  However, I was
> given the chance to pursue work as basically an "evolutionist" at
> Berkeley, and jumped at the chance, because evolution to me is
> something that exists outside the realm of any one discipline.  As you

> "evolves".  As well, I will mention I am particularly interested in
> "evolution" in artificial systems like programming, or, say in
> cultural systems like "creativity", as well as in biological
> organisms.

Robert:

I have been interested in "change" and how that occurs for several years,
but have been unable to pursue much in the way of studies.  Clearly, I'm
in over my head here.  Your comments interest me, however.  I was left
wondering if "change" is necessarily the same thing as "evolution"?  Can
systems change without evolving?  What kind of systems?  Organic?
Chemical (assuming that chemical systems evolve--??)?  Cultural?
Psychological?  Ideological?

Just asking!

Brenda

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