Re: Re: Evolution, the central dogma and mutation (was Re: Extropianism & Theology)
Sun, 28 Feb 1999 22:21:26 EST

In a message dated 2/28/99 9:23:09 PM, Tim wrote:

Everything that life does is explained to my satisfaction by DNA and its enzymatic and other consequences. The diversity of life is explained to my satisfaction by natural selection. Self awareness is not yet explained to my satisfaction, though i think that vehicle theories do the job adequately

Tim, my friend, you have almost totally ignored my question about emergent phenomena (all the really interesting phenomena seem to be, awareness, philosophy, politics, music, art, etc.). Such phenomena must be driven by characteristics (read laws) of complex systems.

DNA is to them as metallurgists are to bullets, they are necessary as a first step, but a whole additional level of structure and development is required. It is like you're so thrilled about reaching first base, so proud of it, that the concept of second, third and home doesn't seem necessary.