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6. Future biodiversity

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This chapter first addresses some difficult questions such as the definition of life and the importance of brain diversity for biodiversity. Next, it presents the question which concerns a second population concept based on the exchange of ideas (alongside the first, which is based on the exchange of genes). Then, the chapter explains the evolution of the complexity of organisms to just four levels. Finally, it deals with the exciting question of whether this approach can say something about the future of biodiversity on earth. The benefit of the operator hierarchy is that it allows us to define life in a way that avoids a circular argument, and it is crucial to define life precisely because it is the basis for defining biodiversity. The operator theory is a completely new step in the science of evolution and it is still being worked out in more detail.

Keywords: biodiversity; brain diversity; life; operator hierarchy; organisational levels; population; science of evolution



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