How Chaos Theory Brings Order to the Evolution of Intelligence


Nicholas Hoggard


This study investigates links between human evolution, information transmission processes, and Chaos Theory, revealing a mathematical pattern underlying evolutionary milestones. By examining the timing of new methods of information transmission, the research confirms a suspected correlation with the Feigenbaum constant δ, a universal factor in Chaos Theory and also found in complex systems. This pattern is prominent in cultural evolution but also extends to biological evolution, as well as to the evolution of written language, suggesting a predictable framework for understanding the progression of complexity in life. The study incorporates findings from various disciplines, including cognitive science, archaeology, and nonlinear dynamics, providing evidence that our development, while it may be random in most aspects, is deterministic in the way complexity grows steadily and evolves information transmission of increasing sophistication. This multidisciplinary approach offers new insights into the links between chaos, complexity, and information, and their role in driving the evolution of intelligent life.


Author Biography

Nicholas Hoggard

Nick Hoggard was awarded a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1980, and has mostly worked as a software developer, as well doing some research in the use of artificial intelligence in industrial control systems.