Who I am
Lars Witting is the creator of Malthusian Relativity and a Senior Scientists of theoretical population biology at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Aarhus, is the author of A General Theory of Evolution and of numerous articles on theoretical and applied population biology.
How I started Malthusian Relativity As student I was surprised by the lack of laws in evolutionary ecology. After all, the axiomatic fundament of natural selection seemed much more straightforward than the fundament of theoretical physics: Self-replication is a simple process that defines not only the origin of living matter, but also the origin of population growth and natural selection. But where is the intuitive and simple axiom that will explain our universe of matter, energy and gravity from - apparently - nothing?
My interest remained relatively dormant until I visited Lev Ginzburg at Stony Brook, New York, in 1992/93. For the first time, I met a scientist that truly questioned our few accepted laws in population biology, instead of defending them by ad hoc arguments. After my return to Aarhus I could not help playing with the mathematics of allometries under the population dynamic constraints of intra-specific interactions. I could barely control my excitement when exponents popped out of my equations on a Sunday morning; not only the well-known 1/4 and 3/4 exponents, but also unknown 1/6 and 5/6 exponents that were soon confirmed for pelagic species.
When I finished my Ph.D. on population dynamics and biodiversity conservation in 1994, my insights on the evolutionary potential of selection by density dependent competitive interactions had grown substantially. I was dedicated to continue my work, and defined the axiom of excluding contingent constraints from my equations, so that I could investigate the potential for inevitable evolution by natural selection. I then worked for three years before I introduced Malthusian Relativity in 1997.
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