Re: Re: Extropianism & Theology
Sat, 27 Feb 1999 11:37:10 EST

In a message dated 2/26/99 11:57:52 PM, Tim wrote:

<<The first is: "See, I told you this was a module of the mind"

The second I shouldn't really bother with given 1.

GO and buy a copy of Richard Dawkin's books (any will do. Extended phenotype is heavy going. I still recommend "The Blind watch Maker".

If this wasn't a module which required you to believe in god, you would rapidly learn that there has not only been enough time to get from blue green algae to amoebas but all the way up to humans.

Thanks Tim. Why don't you go and buy a copy of Stewart Kaufman's books (any will do, I recomend "At Home in the Universe," even us Fearful Neanderthals can understand it.)

Then you might see how there is no way to advance an adaptive walk on a random (chaotic) fitness landscape. Only a correlated fitness landscape (ordered perhaps by as yet unknown laws of complex systems) permits adaptive walks to advance.

It seems to me that biology researchers (like my son) have extrapolated the most gruesome meme (we are junk that luckily survived) from their seriously flawed (scientifically, not theologically) theory that natural selection is accidental.

Your fearful friend,