Re: Dinosaur extinction anyone?

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sun May 13 2001 - 10:08:11 MDT wrote:

> Spike Jones wrote:
> > On the flip side, we have plenty of examples of super
> > robust, super-adaptable species, such as rats, mosquitos
> > and humans. spike
> We don't actually adapt: we cheat, using technology.

I disagree in the sense that using technology is not cheating.
We need to recognize that all adaptive species use technology
in a sense. As a child I was taught that humans are the only
species that uses technology, but I begged to differ then and
I beg to differ now. Examples are as simple as the tortoise
digging a hole and to protect herself from predators and
temperature extremes. We needn't look to the chimps stripping
twigs to extract termites, when the termites themselves use a
far more sophisticated technology to create an artificial
environment for themselves.

> Now the interesting stage is when the encrustation with
> technology becomes so heavy that we don't perceive it
> as an external layer. When the prothesis becomes the
> limb, so to speak.

We should see that stage as now. Humans evolved,
therefore everything humans do is natural. Why should not
the prosthesis be considered the limb now? Should not
the computer, and the net, be considered an extension
of our brains, and even part of our brains?

Technology *is* an adaption. spike

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