Re: Warning EVOLUTION Discussed!

Mon, 28 Feb 1994 00:42:02 -0500

>No, selection does not select FOR pet rock owners. They simply exist!
>It's like mutation theory in synthetic evolution. Pet rock owners can
>puke and die for all I care.

Ah, but here's the rub. See, you took my bait. Please tell me how "pet rock
owners" differ from "rock owners." (I am getting at something here.)

>Actually, thinking about it, it would probably be best for us all if they

Please, there were far worse offenses against good taste committed in the
1970s, for this one to be singled out...

>Read anything by Stephen Jay Gould. Or, ah, there is a book that is just
>called EVOLUTION, I will have to check the author's name...

I have read Gould, I have read Dawkins, and I have read other books on
evolution. If this one has any new insights, please let me know.

>Actually, the genetic model for culture is kind of weird. It seems to
>fit, but of course, culture, being a manifestation of evolution akin to a
>specific animal trait, like wings or claws, was not intended to be
>described by gross evolution. It just seems like a logical model...

This is why I prefer the memetic model to the genetic model.

>Remember this about natural selection, Seeker1: Not all mutations survive.

Ah, but if you're a SubGenius, you know that on occasion the Mutants
overwhelm the Normals. "If you haven't been there, I can't tell you how to
get there. But if you *have* been there, I can tell you how to stay there."
-- J.R. "Bob" Dobbs, High Epopt of the Church of SubGenius


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