If genetics is the science of heredity and inheritance in living organisms, what is the science of heredity and inheritance in non-living systems living called? It doesn't have a name. Most people don't know that it exists. There are no journals or conferences. It is a dark area of science.
The most famous approach to generalising genetics is the "replicator" concept of Richard Dawkins. However, this concept is misleadingly-named and has caused widespread confusion - as documented in my references below.
Probably the next most famous approach to generalising genetics is the "mneme" concept of Richard Semon. This was conceptually pretty good, but it never took off, and its "mneme" doesn't roll off the tongue.
Other approaches are described in my essay:
- Tim Tyler (2012) Degenerative Darwinism
- Tim Tyler (2011) NanoDarwinism
- Tim Tyler (2011) Natural production and natural elimination
- Tim Tyler (2011) Universal Selection
In this book I use the term gene to mean 'that which segregates and recombines with appreciable frequency'
- Williams, 1966, page 241.
The existing concept of genetics could be described as "narrow genetics" - to distinguish it from the generalised version. The principles are pretty - much the same. Eventually we could deprecate the "narrow" version of "genetics" as being redundant - and drop the "generalised" prefix.
- Tyler, Tim (2012) An inherited unit for Universal Darwinism.
- Tyler, Tim (2012) Generalised symbiosis.
- Tyler, Tim (2012) Generalised epidemiology.
- Tyler, Tim (2009) Against Replicator Terminology.
- Tyler, Tim (2010) The role of high-fidelity transmission in memetics.
- Tyler, Tim (2011) The claim that evolution doesn't require replicators.
- Tyler, Tim (2010) Replicator rot.