The Compartmentalization of Evolution (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.)
In maths, Integration is the inverse of differentiation.
In engineering, system integration is defined as the process of bringing together the component subsystems into one system and ensuring that the subsystems function together as a system.
In Sociology and Economy
- Social integration, in social sciences, is the movement of refugees and underprivileged sections of a society into the mainstream of societies
- Racial integration, refers to social and cultural behaviour
- Economic integration, refers to trade unification between different states
- Educational integration of students with disabilities
- Regional integration, a process in which states enter into a regional agreement in order to enhance regional cooperation through regional institutions and rules
Meanwhile in calculus, Integration is the inverse of differentiation, in our societies, integration is facing the challenge of “combining” in a functional system the value of “identity” and “unification”.
The problem comes from the idea of being united under a single identity.
In evolution, the process of integration offers an advantage. Through the integration in one single unit of multiple components brought from different several others it is generated a new single identity stronger than each of the individual parts surviving separately. The advantage comes from the new capacity developed to combine the strongest assets of each part to overcome the weaknesses carried by the performance of each part working individually.
This idea is simple to understand and it is used everyday to talk about team work and sports and economy and environmental policies and so on. And yet, there is a strong fear against losing identity, what ever that might be.
What it is part of the situation is the question of, what is an identity based on?
Religion, Pigmentation, Social background, Geographic location on birth, Education, economic status, family, …
Evolution has been always the integration of different parts to create a single unit incorporating aspects from those which complement each other and as a result, enhance the performance of the new unit.
As I see it, we might be the first specie in the Earth history that confronts the pressure from natural evolution with the capacity to take decisions over how to adapt. Normally, natural selection just makes the decision by just keeping those whom are able to adapt to the pressure. And as it happens in evolution times, it is not about if we want or not to adapt.
The human specie is embedded in a natural system with a single identity, like it or not. We represent one component of this identity. We survive thanks to what we take from this natural system but instead of playing our part covering for its weaknesses, we might be actually making them even weaker.
What it takes us to the point of considering the whole aside the parts. So our natural system as an identity represented by the whole, is considered omnipotent.
When the whole is divided in its parts, we have the elements interacting in Space (Sun, planetary alignment), the position of our planet in Space (Tilt, rotation, etc) and the situation of the Space in our Planet.
One assessment comes from considering the evolution in the interaction between the elements present in space (planets, radiation, gravitational forces, debris, …) as the forces dominating the evolution in our planet.
Then there is also the implications derived from the evolution in the dynamics driving the behaviour of our planet in relation with its angle of tilt and distance related with the Sun as well as the magnetic field, velocity of rotation, …).
When we look at the evolution of the conditions within the surface of the planet, and the forces driving its evolution, the assessments diverge from each other. Some are based merely in the influence from forces at planetary scale either originated from the interaction between elements present in Space or the conditions of our planet as whole.
From this point of view, the single unit we are part of and that we call our planetary environment, is evolving driven by those forces and independently from the interaction between the parts that constitute it.
Maybe, it is about time that we call the attention on “time” as a major force involved in evolution.
Our planet has suffered many changes through its existence. The time scale applied to understand it is many times beyond our ability to comprehend its full meaning. Relatively speaking, humans exists as seconds in a 24 hour period of existence for our planet. Such small margin of existence in such a vast period of time make us insignificant in the life experiences of our planet.
Even the capacity that humans have developed to manipulate energy, is not comparable with the amount of energy flows that the Earth as a planet can generate through gravity, magnetism and kinetic movement. Those forces have been through time before our existence and they will be after.
But, those energy flows and planetary interactions, represent magnitudes which are driven by wide timescales. So, we know that as the magnitude of a force increases it also increases the timescale through which this force evolve. It is like moving volumes of mass. The bigger the volume the longer it takes to move it.
So, is it irrelevant what happens when the time scale is reduced?
Well, if you take the metabolism of a mosquito, Males have the shortest lives, usually 10 days or less. So, the timescale for “relevant” things to happen is way shorter than for us. And what they consider their pace is faster than ours. For us it is easier to handle what happens in our surroundings as closer gets to our timescale. It is easier for us to follow the movement of a cat than of a mosquito.
Does this means that even though mosquitoes and us do not share same time-scale we do not have an impact to each other?
We know that our planet handle variations in forces coming from interacting with planetary elements, of enormous proportions and in a planetary system. But, how well does it take changes in a smaller timescale and happening from within, is another different matter.
We are small in comparison with other players and the forces involved, but we move way faster.
We can blame our changing climate to natural causes or human transformation, but, as the economic system is managed nowadays, the problems behind human displacement and societal resilience are rooted over the unsustainable and inefficient management of resources and the incapacity to evolve allowing cultural evolution through integration.
In the earth’s planet timescale, dealing with this it will become part of its evolution. But in our timescale, as a society, we are keeping our differences in defence of our identities and social so we are compartmentalizing our evolution. In other words, we are not taking the advantage of our differences to cover our individual weaknesses but making our weaknesses an added pressure for our evolution and the evolution of our environment.
We as specie are expending our time thinking about the weather and climate in planetary timescales when meanwhile, in our timescale, we might not even get to survive the impact in our evolution from our own waste.