Natural selection is not the only driving force of evolution. There are other mechanisms such as genetic drift, mutations, gene flow, etc... To what extent can these different mechanisms (which don't influence adaptation to new environments as much as natural selection) evolve a more 'complex' species than when there is no natural selection?
Using a very utopian example... imagine that the first living beings that appeared in the world had access to an infinite amount of resources and space. Thus, the mechanism of natural selection would not make sense because it wouldn't be necessary. However, there could be other mechanisms that allow evolution such as genetic drift.
In a world like that, would it be possible (even if it took a long time) to emerge certain 'complex' species with, for example, traits like intelligence (like human beings)? Or in this case, as there is no natural selection, species would evolve with just 'simple' variations like, for example, bacteria that reproduce faster than others?