Nongenetic Evolution

Evolution, but not as we know it

Nongenetic Evolution refers to evolutionary processes that are not based on changes in genes. For instance, when products or ideas evolve like organisms, such as the development of Gillette razor blades or the Shell corporate logo. Is evolution evolving out of gene-based life forms onto a next level?

Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species

ESSAY BY Van Mensvoort
March 1st 2010

Is the evolution of the single bladed razor into an exorbitant five–bladed vibrating gizmo the outcome of human needs, or is there another force in play? Say hello to Razorius Gillettus, one of the new species emerging from our technoeconomic ecology. Proof that evolution should be understood as a universal principle rather than a DNA-specific process. Yet if this is the case, how can we become responsible stewards of these new, non-genetic forms of life?…

The Order Electrus

The Order Electrus is a fictional documentary which shows Floris Kaayk’s imaginary world of industrialised nature.

Darwinian Selection of the Cowboy Hat

Allison Guy
March 14th 2012

The standard story of the cowboy hat goes something like this: In 1865, J.B. Stetson went out west during the California gold rush.…

Shell Logo Evolution

Van Mensvoort
March 19th 2010

Corporate logos constantly have to adapt in order to survive. In the case of the Shell oil company this results in an image that ironically resembles the ones we know from the biology classes.…

The Evolutionary History of Office Chairs

Allison Guy
March 8th 2012

On the shortlist for the year's strangest book title, Jonathan Olivares' A Taxonomy of Office Chairs charts the "evolution" of chairs from the 1840s to the present day.…