Biology 2016, 5(2), 21; doi:10.3390/biology5020021
Cognition, Information Fields and Hologenomic Entanglement: Evolution in Light and Shadow
William B. Miller
Independent Researcher, 6526 N. 59th St., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, USA
Academic Editors: Chris O’Callaghans, Jukka Finne and John S. Torday
Received: 18 February 2016 / Revised: 3 May 2016 / Accepted: 11 May 2016 / Published: 21 May 2016
As the prime unification of Darwinism and genetics, the Modern Synthesis continues to epitomize mainstay evolutionary theory. Many decades after its formulation, its anchor assumptions remain fixed: conflict between macro organic organisms and selection at that level represent the near totality of any evolutionary narrative. However, intervening research has revealed a less easily appraised cellular and microbial focus for eukaryotic existence. It is now established that all multicellular eukaryotic organisms are holobionts representing complex collaborations between the co-aligned microbiome of each eukaryote and its innate cells into extensive mixed cellular ecologies. Each of these ecological constituents has demonstrated faculties consistent with basal cognition. Consequently, an alternative hologenomic entanglement model is proposed with cognition at its center and conceptualized as Pervasive Information Fields within a quantum framework. Evolutionary development can then be reconsidered as being continuously based upon communication between self-referential constituencies reiterated at every scope and scale. Immunological reactions support and reinforce self-recognition juxtaposed against external environmental stresses.
Keywords: hologenome; cognition; entanglement; quantum evolution; holobiont; zygotic unicell; self-organization; Darwinism; niche construction; information field
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