Re: Evolved Preferences

Damien Broderick (
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 11:56:31 +0000

At 12:33 PM 4/15/97 -0700, Robin wrote:

>As we become better at exchanging information in ways other than via
>sexual reproduction, it seems the longer time-horizon of asexual
>reproduction should win out. This suggests a future of very patient
>risk-averse asexual Bayesians, in contrast to the impatient optimistic
>risk-taking young males who dominate science fiction.

This is exactly the psychology presented in Bruce Sterling's excellent new
novel HOLY FIRE. But he's setting it up as a transitional stage between
careful longevity and genuine, hormone-charged rejuvenation. Thereafter,
selection pressures would presumably encourage tweaking of the reinstated
hormone rushes...

Damien Broderick