Hi I'm john p birchall

Evolutionary Economics ... Dixieland Jazz ... any interest ?

evolutionary economicsdixieland jazz

young darwinold darwinIn 1859 Charles Darwin explained how economies, jazz and everything else evolved ... an extravagant claim? ... yes but relentlessly, every day, the supporting evidence mounts ... this website is a tribute to one of the men who made the understanding of complexity possible ... a dwarf standing on the shoulders of an army of ancient ancestral giants can see a long way ...

 

OK I know these pages aren't very smart yet ... they're still evolving ... and I guess you may think that economics and jazz are a bit 'way out' ... are they really adaptations? ... here you will find a light hearted Darwinian look see ....

Economists are involved more and more in policy analysis but the 'dismal science' is often locked into simple models with unrealistic assumptions and bum predictions. Evolutionary Economics tries to avoid these pitfalls ...

Music is enjoyed everywhere and some folk even have a go at jazz but it's not easy and most jazz teachers tend to ignore the early innovations in 'Dixieland' which then evolved into a new species of music ...

If you have any interest in these ideas maybe some of the pages here will generate more enthusiasm ... and maybe some useful insights ... all these notes have been accumulated over the years to help me with my own studies ... 

... if only I'd had some of this stuff available when I started !

but as the man said, 'if you think education is expensive, try ignorance' !!

Evolutionary Economics is here!        uk flag

Dixieland Jazz is here!       usa flag

 

smilePS nothing you will find on these pages is the result of intelligent design; it's all just simple Darwinian natural selection ... anchored in the empirical tradition of English science ... 

... it isn't rocket science - folk of all shapes & sizes continually try to discover 'new tricks' and some tricks survive & accumulate in populations of other tricks by a round & roundabout process of - 

copy 

vary

select ... as simple as 1, 2, 3 ...

... but the penny has to drop ... 

... and when it does the implications are shattering ... shattering because Darwin's insight described change & survival progress as a process of weeding out failures and not the design of good works ... !

Natural selection was emphatically economic; relentless cutting losses and chasing profits ... a creation process.

 

NB. Richard Dawkins - 'What really happens is that the gene pool becomes filled with genes that influence bodies in such a way that they behave 'as if' they made complex, if unconscious, cost/benefit calculations'. The Selfish Gene, 1976.

NB. Robert Axelrod on economics - ‘The key to doing well lies not in overcoming others but in eliciting their cooperation. Individuals don’t have to be rational; the evolutionary process alone allows successful strategy to thrive, even if the players do not know why or how. No central authority is needed, cooperation is self policing’. The Evolution of Cooperation, 1984.

NB. Wynton Marsalis on jazz - 'There's no right or wrong ... just some choices that sound better than others'. Jazz, 2000.