Punctuated equilibrium is a refinement of natural selection theory. To cut to the chase, it proposes that speciation happens in bursts during periods of rapid genetic change; often in response to environmental factors.

It occurs to me that bursts of creativity and innovation also sometimes stand as bookends to periods of status-quo in other areas besides evolution; specifically in sociological contexts. Consider political upheavals from revolution to constitutional amendments, scientific revolutions and cultural fads.

It would seem that on occasion, new ideas or attitudes compel a break with tradition, if not whole or parts of prevailing frameworks and theories, over relatively brief time-scales.

Perhaps I’ll write more about this later, but for now I wanted to record another instance of universality.