At 11:38 AM 6/16/99 -0700, Robert Bradbury wrote:
>I'm afraid that Natasha's quote (hope?), that we not "surrender our
>genetic nature" will be unsuccessful. If there is a real "Great Filter",
>it comes down to how a species resolves the conflict between these
>two drives which would seem to be inherent in any species subject
>to natural selection and evolution.
Please forgive me if I am misunderstanding your statement, but I was quoting Wilson in _Consilience_, which I did not agree with:
>>*I have separated the last sentence from his original paragraph for
>>"And if we should surrender our genetic nature to machine-aided
>>ratiocination, and our ethics and art and our very meaning to a habit of
>>careless discursion in the name of progress, imagining ourselves godlike
>>and absolved from our ancient heritage, we will become nothing."