Re: That (not so) idiot Darwin

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Tue Jan 16 2001 - 01:05:01 MST

From: "Spike Jones" <>
> RIGHT! Evolution *is* directed, definitely. It is directed by
> sexual selection. This part of the equation is often overlooked,
> but sexual preference directs evolution more than natural selection,
> which has a huge random factor to it. spike

In addition, evolution is directed by self-organization and the physics of
molecular biology (organic chemistry). Complexity emerges, so I've heard,
from natural algorithms which play with genes like rock 'n' roll. Genetic
programming with A-life amounts to directed evolution of the intentional
human kind.

If there were no directed evolution, genetic engineers would have to
invent it.

--J. R.

"We are as gods and might as well get good at it."
--Kevin Kelly

"When it's my turn to be god, I'm gonna eliminate wisdom teeth."
--Cosmo Studmuffin

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