TD01 – Think Darwin!

The northernmost city in Australia is Darwin. Darwin is in the Northern Territory and is the only large city in the world named after one of the cleverest humans who ever lived, Charles Darwin, author of On the Origin of Species and most famous for his brilliant idea on how evolution works.

Darwin’s Theory (as it has been fully developed during the last 150 years) has explained more about life in the universe than any other idea ever produced by any other thinker from St Paul to Steven Hawking.

In my personal opinion, Darwin’s publication of his book The Origin of Species ensures that he is easily the #1 Thinker of the Second Millennium.

NOTE: The word theory has a different meaning in science than it does in everyday use.

So, why may Darwin’s idea be regarded as the most powerful theory in all of science?

In science, the power of a theory is the number of things it explains divided by the number of things it assumes. The more things that can be explained by a theory that assumes as little as possible is what gives the theory its power. So, a theory that explains 10 things but needs to assume 5 things is not as powerful as a theory that explains 8 things but needs to assume only 3 things.

Darwin’s Theory (meaning the elaboration of his theory as it has evolved in science today) explains the existence of a billion well-adapted species by simply assuming genes exist. Why? Because what follows from the existence of high fidelity replicators like genes is the process of mutation, competition, selection and … evolution.

Before Darwin, in the Western culture, the only explanation for the origin of the diverse array of different species on earth was the JCI Monotheistic Theory of GOD.

In the Judeo-Christian-Islamic (JCI) religious theory, each species was seen as a separate direct line of member creatures originating from the first of its kind which was created personally by GOD.

If you see an elephant, it was thought to have descended from a long line of ancestor elephants going all the way back to the first ‘Adam elephant’ which GOD made. The same applied to any dragonfly you could see, or dolphin, or insect, or rattlesnake. Each member of a species was thought to have descended from it’s own Adam prototype which was created by GOD in a momentous and strenuous burst of designer energy.

Darwin provided an alternative explanation for the origin of all species. His theory of evolution was explained by the survival of fitness. His theory showed how over evolutionary time–which is very, very, very, long in the billions of years through millions of generations–random mutations or variations in the copies of each generation allowed for the fittest copy to survive and pass its adaptation on to the next generation.

For an exciting yet easy to understand description of Darwin’s explanation of evolution read The Magic of Reality.

The same idea can explain much of what happens in the marketplace over time. Only those offers that are good enough at getting themselves copied–the fittest–survive.

DFQ TD01 (Feedback Question):

Cut and paste below the sentence from this page that you find most interesting and say why.

340 thoughts on “TD01 – Think Darwin!

  1. The following sentence interested me the most:

    Only those offers that are good enough at getting themselves copied—the fittest—survive.

    The focus is on being copied–not necessarily being the strongest, fastest, smartest… A focus on being copied shifts my understanding of the idea of survival of the fittest.

  2. Only those offers that are good enough at getting themselves copied—the fittest—survive
    this is the meme of this lesson . Its not the loudest , most repeated , advertised offer but the offer that is good enough at getting copied ..survive.
    very powerful lesson for marketing , business and all aspects of corporate life !

  3. Only those offers that are good enough to getting themselves copied-the fittest-survive. In business, products which are valued by customers last long in the market, because of high demand. Profits are earned, gets copied and changes lives.

  4. Darwin’s Theory (meaning the elaboration of his theory as it has evolved in science today) explains the existence of a billion well-adapted species by simply assuming genes exist.

    I find the above most interesting as in a way regardless of the “power of theory” reasoning of the number of things explained versus the number of things assumed, the power of Darwin’s theory was actually based upon one very huge assumption at the time, which if this had been incorrect would to a large extent have disproved the theory?

  5. As to me, this sentence is valuable: “Darwin provided an alternative explanation for the origin of all species”. He looked at the issue from another angle and tried to provide a BVS. I remember myself being a student, and even when the lectures were delivered by the best university instructors I always had some doubts and I was digging deeper to find out more about the issue that interested me. Being a university instructor I always ask students: “Why do you think that if something was uttered by a lecturer it is the only right answer and there is no other alternative?!” Darwin dared to suggest his theory!!!

  6. “In science, the power of a theory is the number of things it explains divided by the number of things it assumes.”
    I never thought of that !

  7. In science, the power of a theory is the number of things it explains divided by the number of things it assumes.
    This sentence provoked a good thought. The assumptions and explanations are based solely on what is known at this time and like an onion much more needs revealed evwen in the most widely help assumptions including “Laws” We just never know enough to be totally sure. CVS@BVS!!

  8. The line that I’ve found most interesting is this one :
    “In science, the power of a theory is the number of things it explains divided by the number of things it assumes.” ( And I appreciated the concrete example that followed)

    I’ve never thought about the POWER of a theory, but it suddenly makes sense. This morning I was chatting with someone about conspiracy theories. yes, well let’s just say there are a lot of assumptions included in the ones we were discussing, so I’m pleased to say I can now confidently consider them rather powerless!

    And to apply that to more theories around me… what fun!

  9. I like this :His theory showed how over evolutionary time—which is very, very, very, long in the billions of years through millions of generations—random mutations or variations in the copies of each generation allowed for the fittest copy to survive and pass its adaptation on to the next generation.

    This is very powerful; living creatures over many years used their survival instinct to conform to the pattern of their ever changing environment to survive. The weak ceased to exist. Mutation and adaptation is an amazing concept. This survival skill can be appropriated in our daily life, work and business.

  10. The more things that can be explained by a theory that assumes as little as possible is what gives the theory its power.
    This means to me that theory is usable and practical. It can be observed to be working. It doesn’t depend upon irrational belief. It should identify exceptions and when it does these may lead to rules. Theory can help us better living for others and individuals.

  11. Profound CVS2BVS Darwin turned the JCI Monotheistic Theory of GOD CVS on it’s head to his own Theory and it stands strong today. What a great lesson, never take for granted what you know to be right or true, to be the only answer. Strive, challenge, think – 2BVS.

  12. His theory showed how over evolutionary time—which is very, very, very, long in the billions of years through millions of generations—random mutations or variations in the copies of each generation allowed for the fittest copy to survive and pass its adaptation on to the next generation.
    Makes me wonder then how long will it take for what we might think of now as super humans and super creatures

  13. In science, the power of a theory is the number of things it explains divided by the number of things it assumes. The more things that can be explained by a theory that assumes as little as possible is what gives the theory its power. So, a theory that explains 10 things but needs to assume 5 things is not as powerful as a theory that explains 8 things but needs to assume only 3 things.I have never thought of a theory in this way. The assumption that genes exist do not though, cancel out God in the equation. God made the genes. Then survival t=of the fittest takes over,

  14. explains the existence of a billion well-adapted species by simply assuming genes exist

    so simple! the whole equation is what counts

  15. The same idea can explain much of what happens in the marketplace over time. Only those offers that are good enough at getting themselves copied—the fittest—survive

    This refers back to thinking lessons completed years ago. Memes, only the smart memes survive.

  16. “His theory showed how over evolutionary time—which is very, very, very, long in the billions of years through millions of generations—random mutations or variations in the copies of each generation allowed for the fittest copy to survive and pass its adaptation on to the next generation” Why?

    When people have new ideas or need to revamp their business, there are plenty of examples to help you better design or reinvigorate your business. Why reinvent the wheel and waste valuable time on testing and reevaluating what you believe to be the best option. An example of this is releasing a new product into the medical device market. Don’t waste time and money on redefining your market, the type of person how will want your product. Review previously successfully released new products and copy their strategy. I am currently using this strategy for a new medical product that i want to release in the USA. Review success, adapt and adjust, continual improvement.

  17. Only those offers that are good enough at getting themselves copied—the fittest—survive.

    In business terms this simply means to me:

    Continue to adapt, evolve and change and you will have the best chances of survival.

    If you cease to adapt, evolve and change, you will not survive.

  18. In the Judeo-Christian-Islamic (JCI) religious theory, each species was seen as a separate direct line of member creatures originating from the first of its kind which was created personally by GOD. I find that this sounds impossible and I would too look for alternative explanations.i can see why darwins theory was so widely believed it is all about looking outside the box.

  19. Darwin provided an alternative explanation for the origin of all species. His theory of evolution was explained by the survival of fitness. His theory showed how over evolutionary time—which is very, very, very, long in the billions of years through millions of generations—random mutations or variations in the copies of each generation allowed for the fittest copy to survive and pass its adaptation on to the next generation.

  20. “If you see an elephant, it was thought to have descended from a long line of ancestor elephants going all the way back to the first ‘Adam elephant’ which GOD made”

    This sentence clearly shows how people are willing to follow someone else’s CVS instead of questioning the ambiguous and forming a BVS to change current thinking. If everyone simply believed what they were told, we would not have anything that we take for granted today. Everyone needs to think, and question.

  21. His theory showed how over evolutionary time—which is very, very, very, long in the billions of years through millions of generations—random mutations or variations in the copies of each generation allowed for the fittest copy to survive and pass its adaptation on to the next generation.

    This time honored tradition of survival of the fittest which has worked for billions of years has in fact been stalled somewhat over the past few decades with the introduction of so many stupid laws and lawsuits. removing the need for common sense (street smarts) being able to think on the move, I believe we need to remove some of the babying laws a make people think for themselves and take responsibility for their own actions. Otherwise we will be dumbing down the future not making them them faster and stronger etc.

  22. what follows from the existence of high fidelity replicators like genes is the process of mutation, competition, selection and … evolution.
    I find this most intersting due to the comparison with products. Over time, the bad parts of a product are wiped out and the good things evole to become better again!

  23. Only those offers that are good enough at getting themselves copied—the fittest—survive.
    Why = you must evolve in business to survive.

  24. Each member of a species was thought to have descended from it’s own Adam prototype which was created by GOD in a momentous and strenuous burst of designer energy.
    This is interesting because of the millions of people on the planet who assumed and blindly followed a theory without questioning anything.

  25. So, a theory that explains 10 things but needs to assume 5 things is not as powerful as a theory that explains 8 things but needs to assume only 3 things.
    The person who has the most facts should be able to form the truest theory.

  26. Only those offers that are good enough at getting themselves copied—the fittest—survive

    This is my favourite sentence because it relates to everything from work too sports too life in general.

  27. “The same idea can explain much of what happens in the marketplace over time. Only those offers that are good enough at getting themselves copied—the fittest—survive.”

    This sentence struck me most because although I am aware of Darwin and his work, I never equated it to a commercial point of view.

  28. “So, a theory that explains 10 things but needs to assume 5 things is not as powerful as a theory that explains 8 things but needs to assume only 3 things.”

    The knowledge of knowing more brings more power to the holder. As the above sentence says, knowing 5 things but assuming 5 is not as powerful as only assuming 3.

  29. “random mutations or variations in the copies of each generation allowed for the fittest copy to survive and pass its adaptation on to the next generation.”

    CVS to BVS. Even our genes are looking at better ways of doing things.

  30. “The more things that can be explained by a theory that assumes as little as possible is what gives the theory its power.” And in the other direction a Theory that assumes as much as possible “X x X x X ( Infinity number of Possibilities x Infinite number of Realities x Infinite Number of Time )”. BigWilly 2015

  31. The more things that can be explained by a theory that assumes as little as possible is what gives the theory its power.

    There more out there than just theory – variables.

  32. ” The more things that can be explained by a theory that assumes as little as possible is what gives the theory its power”

    its interesting because it causes one to continually think to rule out the assumptions.
    and that’s also assuming that the things that can be explained by a theory are correct to start with.

  33. “random mutations or variations in the copies of each generation allowed for the fittest copy to survive and pass its adaptation on to the next generation.”

    Previously, a random mutation determined your fate, if you survived or not. Now, it seems designed mutations may determine our fate, or that of the animal kingdom. This is new ground. Survival can be designed now. There is a new kind of battle field that acts much quicker than a random mutation we needed to wait for.

  34. “In science, the power of a theory is the number of things it explains divided by the number of things it assumes.” This is an idea that I have never come across before and provides a totally different way of looking at everything.

  35. “Darwin provided an alternative explanation for the origin of all species. His theory of evolution was explained by the survival of fitness. His theory showed how over evolutionary time–which is very, very, very, long in the billions of years through millions of generations–random mutations or variations in the copies of each generation allowed for the fittest copy to survive and pass its adaptation on to the next generation.”

    Because Darwin was a true innovator, a thinker. He cannot come up with his theory of evolution if he did not have the courage, the foresight and the boldness to pursue a different path when everyone was going to the same path.

  36. “In science, the power of a theory is the number of things it explains divided by the number of things it assumes.”

    Making the fewest assumptions and assuming  the existence of the fewest things could lead to simple explanations for what we want to explain; Simple explanation could lead to  better understanding of what is more complex.

  37. Darwin’s Theory (as it has been fully developed during the last 150 years) has explained more about life in the universe than any other idea ever produced by any other thinker from St Paul to Steven Hawking.
    It is amazing to me that one person based on limited understanding of the natural phenomenon was able not only to understand and describe the process by which life originated but also to make accurate prediction as to the future directions of this evolutionary movement. It is just amazing to me that one can study the nature and by listening carefully forcing her to reveal her secrets.

    In the Judeo-Christian-Islamic (JCI) religious theory, each species was seen as a separate direct line of member creatures originating from the first of its kind which was created personally by GOD.
    Sometimes it pays to question the prevailing ideas of the society and think for yourself. To draw your own conclusions. It pays to examine the data carefully instead of relying on experts to provide the explanations for you. It pays to do your own research and gather your own information, analyzing your own data. Because frankly, sometiems the experts are dead wrong.

  38. “Darwin’s Theory explains the existence of a billion well-adapted species by simply assuming genes exist.”

    The power is in the assumption, a word often belittled in memes and speech.

    Making an assumption can lead to discovering the magic in our lives. Assuming that ‘we live for something greater’ is often all you need to move forward. Assuming that there is a connecting link between all things can make us more open to the lives of others.

    It’s a powerful word.

  39. Only those offers that are good enough at getting themselves copied–the fittest–survive.
    I think this is most powerful sentence it does not talk about any other grand adjectives regarding offer only “good enough at getting copied” ….how can I find the essence of good enough to be copied ….

  40. Before Darwin, in the Western culture, the only explanation for the origin of the diverse array of different species on earth was the JCI Monotheistic Theory of GOD

    Arguably the most powerful BVS in history. CVSx10googol=BVS

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