Re: Brain Speed

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Fri, 15 Aug 1997 07:26:26 -0500

John K Clark wrote:
> On Wed, 13 Aug 1997 Anders Sandberg <> Wrote:
> >otherwise it would have made more evolutionary sense to have no
> >myelin in the white matter and shrink the brain a lot
> Evolution almost never picks the best move, it doesn't need to, it just
> needs to be better than the competition.

I believe brains evolved from an unmyelinated state to a myelinated state.
Since this did involve an additional investment of biological energy, myelin
is almost certainly an evolutionary advantage.

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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