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Evolution—the Extended Synthesis$
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Massimo Pigliucci and Gerd B. Müller

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262513678

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262513678.001.0001

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Chemical, Neuronal, and Linguistic Replicators

Chemical, Neuronal, and Linguistic Replicators

(p.209) 9 Chemical, Neuronal, and Linguistic Replicators
Evolution—the Extended Synthesis

Chrisantha Fernando

Eörs Szathmáry

The MIT Press

This chapter is concerned with replication in systems chemistry and extends the replicator principle to neuronal evolution, brains, and language. It specifically outlines the relevance of evolutionary thinking in certain areas of chemistry and presents a lateral extension to neuroscience, reviewing a truly evolutionary approach to brain function in the higher vertebrates. Some relevant aspects of language are considered. The chapter suggests that unlimited heredity arose in the form of symbolic neuronal replicators inhabiting the brains of humans, and that this was a prerequisite for language. It shows that the replication mechanisms are proposed to exist at the neuronal level and not at the level of thought.

Keywords:   replication, systems chemistry, neuronal evolution, brains, language, neuroscience, neuronal replicators, humans

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