Re: Excuse me while I sequence this genome Was Re: tree-climbing hominid

chris brochu (
25 Oct 1995 02:42:15 GMT

In article <> H. M. Hubey, writes:

>Change is neutral. Neither Evolve nor Devolve is. Easy.

Yes. And quite incorrect.

>Yes, they're just words but we should at least agree on
>some meanings and definitions.

Perhaps, but your definitions are not the ones we prefer.

>On any planet on which life can evolve, there will probably
>always be beings which will reach the state of science in
>which they can begin to tinker with their own evolution and
>begin to direct the evolution of the macro-ecology of the
>planet, as we are about to do right now.
>If this is true, then it is always deterministic and has
>at least a direction even if not an end/state, and even
>if we do not know what it is.

You are badly confusing "directionality" with "history." That primates
have an evolutionary history does not mean there was some determined
"direction" to it; you ignore the many stochastic effects on evolutionary