Evolutionary developmental biology is slowly embracing concepts introduced in the nineteenth century, including the possibility that features exhibited by individuals are not randomly selected but emerge in direct response to environmental influences.  The three points of impact are sperm production, egg creation and the uterine environment.  Most obvious is the influence of the environment on the fetus.  For example, clones are emerging from wombs looking and acting differently from their parent.  The effects of the uterine environment are only beginning to be understood.

Physicists investigating how the universe evolved are hypothesizing black holes as the birthplace for new universes.  If there are correlates between the ways biology and a universe evolve, then there needs to be a location in this process that a gestating universe can be influenced so it can exhibit new features.  The gestating universe would also need a dynamic that could mediate environmental influences, making it possible for the impact of those influences to manifest.  If a dying sun becoming a black hole transforms into a universe, at what point in that sequence are environmental influences absorbed and how are these influences transcribed?

Is it possible that a sun’s environment while still shining influences the sun in some way that the information is carried forward through to its rebirth as a universe?  Could it be that what forms the sun influences the universe that follows?

Physicists are still using natural selection as their sole paradigm for biological transformation and applying that to the ways that universes evolve.  Natural selection is the dinner table holding a feast of selective processes available to explain how biology and society evolve.  Eating the table does not sustain, though it may make it possible to eat.  In other words, natural selection does not explain how evolution unfolds.  Natural selection only states the obvious, that features that don’t live long enough to procreate lose an opportunity to continue to exist.

Consider that in human evolution the dynamic called neoteny is drawing or prolonging the features of our progenitors’ infants into the adults of the present day.  Infant features of a chimp-like ancestor, such as high forehead, upright stature, small jaw, big brain relative to skull size, curiosity, playfulness, etc., are evidencing themselves in contemporary adults.  Slowly, embryonic features appear later and later in the ontogeny of descendants.  Babies today look like ancestor embryos.  Could a human millions of years from now look like the sexless salamander embryo of the first trimester?

Evidently there is some super slow compulsive drive to manifest our origins in our ends.  It just may be that the innate creativity that accompanies earlier and earlier stages of ontogeny is compelling enough on its own to drive this process as adults are provided more and more an experience of the creation process, and crave more.  If what is occurring to human beings is seminal to biological evolution, perhaps this process can be observed to occur in the way that a universe evolves.

Neoteny is not the only evolutionary process.  Heterochronic theory proposes six derivations in the ways that species can mature and/or develop over time.  Sexual selection in concert with social structure influences these various trajectories.  Looking for patterns in astrophysics that mimic or suggest these biological dynamics might lead to a conclusion that life and nonlife might be only differences of scale.


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