brief reply to Crapo and Quinlan

Mike Lieber (U28550@UICVM.BITNET)
Fri, 9 Dec 1994 12:53:39 CST

To be fair, Quinlan's quotations did consider Gould and Lewontin's critiques,
or at least enough to quickly dismiss them. Also, to be fair, the text of
that post was quotations, not Rob's own words, although if he didn't agree
with them, I'm sure he wouldn't have posted them.

Like Richley, I am bothered by the counterposing of learning (whatever that is
supposed to mean) with evolution, as if they were mutually exclusive sorts of
explanation. From a Batesonian cybernetic perspective (see "The logical
categories of learning" in _Steps to an Ecology of Mind_), learning and
evolution are identically organized. I have yet to see an attempt at
refutation of this position.

Mike Lieber