Re: Stephen Jay Gould and Progress

Robin Hanson (
Thu, 9 Jan 1997 20:29:39 -0800 (PST) writes:
>True. My point is that one well-documented feature (brains) shows a clear
>trend to greater complexity, in the face of tough selection pressures. The
>assumption apparently made by Gould (I've not read the book either) is that
>since *some* features simply drift towards complexity, that complexity is
>*never* a benefit. This is clearly false WRT brains.

Can you cite a study of species decendant relative brain size that
supports your claim?

Robin D. Hanson