Cyclical and Acyclical Evolution
Nov 26, 2018 // placholder for now
the idea that evolution, in a variety of contexts, can be either cyclical or acyclical
- for example, fashion trends can the thought to be cyclical, what was cool in the 80s might pop up as cool again today.
- evolution of species could be thought of as acyclical since it’s unlikely neanderthals start popping up again
- there’s also the concept of local cycles in a larger acyclical scheme where some patterns might resurface but the overall trend is progressive or tangential
i wonder if there’s a field/sub-field in academia devoted to analyzing different evolutionary patterns and identifying which of these 3 categories they fit into