Re: Getting up in the morning (was: Re: The Quest for the Purpose of Life)

From: Miriam English (
Date: Tue Jan 29 2002 - 02:33:44 MST

At 03:25 PM 29/01/2002, Robert J. Bradbury wrote:
>The problem is that for *almost* all species, the priorities are
>skewed such that the primary purpose of life is to evolve rather
>than survive. This results in Tom Kirkwood's "Disposable Soma
>Theory of Aging" -- unfortunately.

Same thing. The species that doesn't evolve doesn't survive. Evolving is
necessary to survive. It sounds as if I am speaking teleologically here but
I am not. Life doesn't plan to evolve, but it is nevertheless part of the
requirement for surviving.

To the optimist, the glass is half full.
To the pessimist, the glass is half empty.
To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
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