Re: SCI:BIO: raw genome length not a good measure of organism complexity

Michael Lorrey (
Wed, 15 Jan 1997 00:01:22 -0500

> [Eliezer]
> > So if 90% of it is comments, unused code, or padding, who cares? The
> > amount of data needed to assemble a soul still has an upper limit
> > smaller than my hard drive... even if all that extra DNA is being used
> > by neurons, which I understand are now supposed to be capable of reading
> > (though, thank God, not altering) DNA.

First off, I am not my DNA. It is what made me possible, but I have
become far more than the sum of that code. My DNA has only taken me as
far as Darwinian evolution could take me, up to somewhere between birth
and a few years of age. Since then my immersion in the memetic soup of
our civilization has induced a Lamarckian evolution of my being,
accelerated by my practice of the scientific method, the exercise of
reason, and the interaction of my peers (its all your fault!). A wolf
boy with a 200 IQ is still an ignorant savage living off his genes. I
and my fellows here have transcended far beyond that point.


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