H is for Human Evolution–and 100th Post!!

It’s my 100th post!*throws confetti*

I am flying back from Japan today! I totally blanked when I signed up for the challenge but luckily, this is still a special subject!

Human evolution. My absolute favorite. *throws confetti EVERYWHERE*

Yesterday, we talked a bit about genetic drift, one of the four forces of evolution. Today, I’m talking about the one everything thinks they know: natural selection.

The usual way to describe the evolution of a species is to attach some purpose to it. In this framework, natural selection is guiding a species toward a logical end. The problem is, that’s not how evolution works–we aren’t evolving into something “better,” just something better at surviving right now (modern technology has circumvented some of this pressure).

Enter natural selection. This force of nature is most obvious after a sudden change in the environment resulting in some genetic traits being less useful. The famous example is of Darwin’s finches–the birds evolved different beak shapes as food sources changed rapidly. As these changes occurred, eventually even the new forms became maladaptive and “better” ones took their place.

So why not do that with magic? Full disclosure: I am still working out the kinks in this magic system. But seriously, unless your character’s magic originates externally (like from a well or through a conduit), it’s likely that natural selection would have influenced what your magic system includes.

My magic system’s premise lies squarely in the idea that magic developed from natural selection and was further altered by it as certain powers became more or less adaptive. The fact that magic is inherited only solidifies this foundation.

You’ll have to wait until SAAFire is actually finished and published to get a better look at the magical system, but don’t let the cool stuff an evolutionary framework can give you pass you by in the meantime!

Author: V. Kane

I write YA fantasy, blog about it, and then take my dog out for therapy. My current manuscript is ANATHEMA, a story of two sisters caught up in a war between the gods. Find me on Twitter at @ValkyrieWriting or Instagram at books_and_dogs

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