Re: Are We Still Evolving?

Justin R. Smith (
Tue, 31 Oct 1995 13:42:12 -0500

Benjamin H Diebold wrote:
> The most interesting way to me to think about current processes of
> evolution is in line with Richard Dawkin's meme's; the conceptual analog
> of a gene.
> Issues of physical evolution are almost trivial in comparison. Our brains
> provide the soup for things of REAL adaptive significance to compete in.
> If you're curious, Dawkins writes about it in the Selfish Gene, a great book.
> Ben

Yes --- and I think the physical evolution that will take place will
involve the brain's ABILITY to house memes. And the evolutionary
engine will no longer simply be violence. It will be cultural
selection (to eliminate a gene, it's only necessary to prevent
it from being passed on to the next generation).

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