Allocation of skills and functions to the
These are the skills that are specified in the genome and automatically
converted into brain-based information-processing capabilities. Some of the
conversion will happen before birth, and the remainder after birth during
the maturing period.
There are some indications that the conversion-process is influenced by
experience, i.e. is not fully determined by the genomic specification.
Parts of the mechanism for evolution:
- Decrease variation: natural selection of parents
Increase variation: mutation
- Skill contribution to the mating of parents & the mating of offspring
Copy: Mating of parents to maturation and use of skill by offspring
- Randomization (mutation) that modifies skill-variants to produce new skill-variants
- Merging the skill-encodings for the father and the mother
- Maturation: a compiler-like process that takes the skill-encoding and generates
neural structures in the brain that do the information-processing required
for the innate skills
Skills: to model as illustration
- Basic locomotion, including balance
- Changing direction from eye-movement to hip-rotation, with variants
- Prediction: changing direction when the target is temporarily obscured behind a tree or rock
- Pose mimicry
- Movement mimicry
Prerequisites for the mechanisms and processes of evolution:
- An encoding of the innate skills in the genome
- Cooperation as illustrated by:
- mating: mother and father
- nursing for mammals: mother and offspring
- parenting: feeding, sheltering & protecting
Innate functions to investigate & required for subsequent skills:
- 'Strampeln' - a German word for the seemingly random limb-movements of
babies that then convert to systematic and coordinated action.
- Babbling, the seemingly random production of sounds that slowly
modifies to speech sounds.
- Learning, i.e. being able to repeat poses and movements first encountered with mimicry
- Learning to mimic mirror-inverted movements (common in learning while facing the master, e.g. manual tasks, footwork for new dances).
- Communication - both reception and emission - required for cooperation
- Timing - selection, starting, and stopping skills - for cooperation
- Tool use
- Tool manufacture and maintenance