To borrow geologist Charles Lyell’s words, intelligent agency is a cause “now in operation” that can be studied in the world around us.
The ability to look ahead and foresee is no small matter, and even human beings can have trouble with it — as witness the supply chain problem.
The upshot of the best modern biology and cosmology can be epitomized by changing just one word in physicist Steven Weinberg’s famous comment.
Species are surrounded by other species (often sharing the same body), and therefore may interfere with one another’s fitness.
Eric Bapteste, a researcher at Sorbonne University, just co-authored a review discussing genetic change in the context of aging.