Re: Is Eugenics Really A Bad Thing?

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sun Jul 02 2000 - 20:26:18 MDT

> >Just try to do an integral while you are laughing...
> altamira wrote:...Mathematically speaking, I've often
> been known to laugh with delight after working out an especially >lovely proof.

I do that too. Or Wodehouse, with his Jeeves and Wooster.
Jokes within jokes. I have been known to be quietly at work
for hours, then suddenly get the gag from the week before, and:
WAAAAhahahahaahahaaaaaaa.... No wonder I have that...
reputation. {8^D

Now, back to mooses or meese. Im trying to reframe this
whole evolutionary argument in terms of something I am
trained in, feedback control loops. With the big antlers
example I am postulating a positive feedback loop that
envelopes a negative feedback loop. If we can model
the only two mechanisms for population genetic drift,
survival selection and mate selection, in terms of negative
and positive feedback loops, then evolution can be simulated
on a computer. All that is known in the field of feedback
control systems (which is a lot) will be accessible to the field
of evolution studies.

If we manage to do that, evolution becomes far more
satisfying than a lotta pointless theoretical ruminations. We will
be given a means of actually testing our notions, experimentation.
Like the up-coming missile intercept attempt, the long-winded
philosophical arguments get an exclamation point at the end,
not just a period; or as often the case with evolutionary theory,
a comma. spike

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