The Evolution of Adaptive Systems is the first to radically rework the theory of evolution. Rather than merely amplifying the original Darwinian evolutionary model, it encompasses it within a more dynamic concept - effectively merging the Darwinian theory with that other school of evolutionary thought, structuralism. By placing the theory of evolution within this framework, it resolves the conflict between the Neo-Darwinian school that evolution occurs through selection of random mutations, and the structuralist view that evolution occurs by unfolding of genetic patterns via a process of self organization. By doing so, it integrates classical and contemporary genetics within the context of adaptive systems theory.
* Integrates the conflicting Darwinian and "Structuralist" theories of evolution into a single unified theory.
* Distinguishes clearly between the operation of selection - in the context of on going adaptive equilibrium - as against true evolutionary change.
* Synthesizes the dichotomy shown to exist between fabricational and adaptive paradigms of development.
* Discusses the divergent views of how speciation is linked to patterns of major evolutionary change.
* Presents a fresh critical analysis of the methodology of phylogeny reconstruction.