Towards a Better Future: The Myth of Progress

Evolutionary theory is extremely powerful and pervasively misunderstood. Stripped to its core, it describes an interplay between replication, variation, and selection which can generate complexity, diversity, and novelty. Its elegance lies in its simplicity and power, a combination which unfortunately also makes it readily misunderstood. The idea of evolutionary progress is the most common – and probably the most damaging – misunderstanding of evolution. 

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