Re: Allowing Evolution To Take It's Course

Sean Hastings (
Tue, 17 Dec 1996 15:44:45 -0600

Anders Sandberg wrote:
> Which phylum do you owe your allegiance to, your genes or your memes? If
> you are "loyal" to the genes, saving "weak" people might be wrong (but as
> others have pointed out, in our modern environment many "weak" genes do
> not decrease fitness anyway). If you are loyal to the memes, then it was
> definitely a good thing, since that person will continue to think and
> communicate despite his genetic effect.
> Evolution isn't good in itself, but by interacting with it we can turn it
> to a good force (as determined by our values).

I maintain that since "goodness" is memetic, your allegiance is *always*
with your memes. Its just a question of whether the memetic construct
which is your mind recognizes this, or is caught up in a
self-contradictory knot.

--Sean H.
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