The four maxims of ecology

The first maxim of ecology

The maxim of dissipation [Darwin's theory of competition]

M = nm̅; ∇ • M → 0; ∫dm < 0

(A) Any entity that can lift a weight will be prevented from so doing; and/or (B) can be put to use for the same purpose. (C) No entity can lift a weight indefinitely.

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The second maxim of ecology

The maxim of number

∇ • P = Pn =

The number of progeny produced depends upon the number of progenitors maintained.

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The third maxim of ecology

The maxim of succession [Darwin's theory of evolution]

∇ x M = ∂⁄∂t - ∂n⁄∂t

The rate at which progeny is produced depends upon the rate at which competition occurs.

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The fourth maxim of ecology

The maxim of apportionment

∇ x P = ∂⁄∂t + ∂W⁄∂t - ∂n⁄∂t

The bioactivity of a biological population is subject to increase from an initial value for one or more of three reasons: (a) increases in mass; (b) decreases in competition. All other increases are due to (c) the essential development of the entity or species.

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