[extropy-chat] something rather than nothing

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Sat Mar 24 01:36:13 UTC 2007

On 3/24/07, The Avantguardian <avantguardian2020 at yahoo.com> wrote:

Yes, Jef. While I respect many of Stephen Gould's
> ideas on evolution, he is clearly wrong in his
> assertion that complexity and intelligence are
> "accidental". I too am a biologist and I see extropy
> as hardwired into the universal evolution. The degrees
> of freedom and dimensionality of the universe
> increases as a function of time as the result of the
> increasing overall entropy. It is this increasing
> dimensionality that allows for open systems within the
> universe to iteratively achieve ever increasing
> complexity- just like an Mandelbrot set. Stephen
> Wolfram thinks similarly although I am not sure it is
> for the same reasons.

Is the fact that once a replicator molecule develops, it will take hold and
evolve in response to environmental changes and competition from other
replicators "non-accidental"? That is, could it logically have been

Stathis Papaioannou
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