Re: EVOLUTION: Re: Extropianism & Theology
Mon, 1 Mar 1999 10:14:49 EST

In a message dated 99-03-01 02:46:55 EST, Harvey writes:

This is a common claim, that random evolution won't produce complex organisms very fast. It seems like a million monkeys typing on keyboards which will never turn out the works of Shakespear. Most people don't realize how easily things can get organized at the molecular level.

Thanks, Harvey, for that wonderful and familiar example (my major in college was materials science with a strong dose of metallurgy). That's another reason I'm so attracted to Stuart Kaufmann's work because he uses the metaphor of "phase changes at the edge of chaos" to explain emergent phenomena

You made my point exactly. I am not saying that there's not enough time for evolution to work, but rather there must be some pre-existing order (your cubes) upon which Natural Selection can work more efficiently (not randomly) and thus produce us from blue green algae in only 3.4 billion years.

Your thoughts are organized like mine and I would appreciate more of your opinions.