[extropy-chat] Reverse Evolution ?

MB mbb386 at main.nc.us
Fri Mar 3 23:57:53 UTC 2006

> [...] snip [...]
>>These principles are combined to form the core of the evolutionary
>>model. The Darwinian outlook holds that small incremental changes in
>>structure and behavior, brought about by the natural selection of
>>variations, produce, after a long period of time, organisms that
>>differ so greatly from their ancestors that they are no longer the
>>same organism, and must be classified as a separate species. This
>>process of speciation, repeated over the 3.5 billion year span of
>>time since life first appeared on earth, explains the gradual
>>production of all of life's diversity.
>>(by Lenny Flank, as presented to middle-school kids, used with
>> permission)
> It leaves out "inclusive fitness," work of Hamilton and Haldane.  You
> really have to include http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inclusive_fitness to
> have the slightest chance of applying evolution to the subject of most
> interest to humans, namely humans.

Keith, indeed it is missing. The explanation I quoted is one offered in a
presentation on reptiles, focussing mostly on snakes, not evolution. :)


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