The Evolutionary Concept Of Natural Selection Essay

1525 Words Feb 5th, 2016 7 Pages
The Oxford dictionary definition of natural selection is the natural process that results in the survival and reproductive success of individuals or groups best adjusted to their environment and that leads to the perpetuation of genetic qualities best suited to that particular environment. In other words, natural selection is basically the survival of the fittest. However what does this mean? There are many perspectives on what the word “fit” connotes; in this case, the evolutionary concept of natural selection is a metaphor for how disciplines form and develop.

There are different factors to the principle of natural selection: variation, heritability, over-production, and the survival of the fittest.

It is obvious that our knowledge is subject to change with time. This could mean our prior knowledge could either advance, stall, or regress depending on factors in the long run. The “usefulness” of something is entirely subjective and differs from person to person, depending on their area of interest or discipline. There is also a problem with measuring how useful a metaphor can be. Metaphors inherently end up breaking down due to subjective perception, thus can never been completely useful. However, this is not to say that the metaphor that knowledge within a discipline develops according to the principles of natural selection cannot be useful at all.

Personally, studying a natural science and being interested in History, I am able to relate these two Areas of Knowledge…

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