Evolution as Cognition

The prevailing paradigm in evolutionary biology is gene selectionism. Recently, new models have emerged, most notably niche construction theory (NCT), that pose as radical alternatives to the so-called Standard Evolutionary Theory (SET). NCT opens the door for introducing the intention-driven living agent. Doing so, however, introduces a cognitive and intentional agency to evolution that has long been anathema.

Author, Purpose and Desire (released 12 September 2017) https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062651563/purpose-and-desire/