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The sudden process in the changing morphology of living entities in a natural ecosystem.


Evolution and Disruption are the ying and yang of the process of change in any ecosystem. In the General Theory of Living Systems the case is made that an identity ecosystem has all of the characteristics of living ecosystems.

Schumpeter first described creative destruction[1] as an essential component of a financial ecosystem. If companies do not learn to cannibalize their own products, then some competitor will come along and do it to them. This is the way that a capitalist economy changes. So too with natural ecosystems. There are two types of disruptions that need to be considered which are distinguished by the event that sets them off:

  1. Disruption caused by evolutionary pressures within the ecosystem, called endogenous sources in the natural sciences, and
  2. Disruption caused by pressures exerted from outside the ecosystem, called exogenous source in the natural sciences.




  1. Schumpeter, Joseph A. (1994) [1942]. Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. London: Routledge. pp. 82–83. ISBN 978-0-415-10762-4