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The rise of the technobionts: toward a new ontology to understand current planetary crisis

Holobiont Planetary Crisis Thermodynamics Niche Construction Evolution

Cite as:

Oliver López-Corona and Elvia Ramírez-Carrillo and Gustavo Magallanes-Guijón (2019). The rise of the technobionts: toward a new ontology to understand current planetary crisis. RESEARCHERS.ONE, https://www.researchers.one/article/2019-01-1.

Abstract:

Inhere we expand the concept of Holobiont to incorporate niche construction theory in order to increase our understanding of the current planetary crisis. By this, we propose a new ontology, the Ecobiont, as the basic evolutionary unit of analysis. We make the case of \textit{Homo Sapiens} organized around modern cities (technobionts) as a different Ecobiont from classical \textit{Homo Sapiens} (i.e. Hunter-gatherers \textit{Homo Sapiens}). We consider that Ecobiont ontology helps to make visible the coupling of \textit{Homo Sapiens} with other biological entities under processes of natural and cultural evolution. Not to see this coupling hidden systemic risks and enhance the probability of catastrophic events. So Ecobiont ontology is necessary to understand and respond to the current planetary crisis.