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Table 1. 

Mapping of concepts from evolutionary theory to concepts in human decision making (items with asterisks (*) do not exist in real biology, however).

CategoryConcepts in evolutionConcepts in human decision making
Genetics Genetic possibility space Problem space 
Genome Idea (a set of choices for all aspects of the problem) 
Locus on a genome Aspect of the problem 
Allele Specific choice made for an aspect 
 
Ecology Population A set of ideas being discussed 
Environment A group of individual participants and their utility functions 
Fitness Utility value of an idea (either perceived or real) 
Adaptation Increase of utility values achieved by the idea population 
 
Evolutionary operator Replication Advocacy (increase of relative popularity of an idea) 
Mutation Minor modification of an idea 
Recombination Production of a new idea by crossing multiple ideas 
Subtractive selection Criticism (narrowing of diversity of ideas according to their fitness) 
Intelligent point mutation* Improvement of an existing idea 
Random generation* “Crazy” inspiration out of nowhere 
CategoryConcepts in evolutionConcepts in human decision making
Genetics Genetic possibility space Problem space 
Genome Idea (a set of choices for all aspects of the problem) 
Locus on a genome Aspect of the problem 
Allele Specific choice made for an aspect 
 
Ecology Population A set of ideas being discussed 
Environment A group of individual participants and their utility functions 
Fitness Utility value of an idea (either perceived or real) 
Adaptation Increase of utility values achieved by the idea population 
 
Evolutionary operator Replication Advocacy (increase of relative popularity of an idea) 
Mutation Minor modification of an idea 
Recombination Production of a new idea by crossing multiple ideas 
Subtractive selection Criticism (narrowing of diversity of ideas according to their fitness) 
Intelligent point mutation* Improvement of an existing idea 
Random generation* “Crazy” inspiration out of nowhere 
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