A firm belief that a scientific
worldview must be core to any search for truth or
attempt to understand our place in the universe has
guided John Campbell's study and synthesis of numerous
scientific theories employing Darwinian processes.
Under the umbrella theory of Universal Darwinism as
pioneered by Susan Blackmore,
Richard Dawkins and
many unifying concepts for understanding a broad expanse
of scientific subject matter.
Campbell has developed some general
principles underlying Universal Darwinism and
presents this theoretical framework in his book
Universal Darwinism: The path of knowledge.
Einstein's belief that a scientific
worldview may provide a gateway to enlightenment or
cosmic religious experience drove Campbell's attempt
to provide an overview of scientific knowledge in 'Einstein's
Blackmore and others expanded the
realm of Universal Darwinism beyond biology to include
subject matter from the social sciences. A further
expanse of Universal Darwinism occurred in the work of
leading physicists including
Lee Smolin and
Wojciech Zurek, who have
employed Darwinian processes to provide explanations for
some of Physic's thorniest puzzles.
More recently the work of
Karl Friston, and other
researchers of the 'Bayesian Brain' school of
neuroscience have placed this subject matter and that of
'Adaptive Systems' within the framework of Universal