[ExI] Worshiping that Divine Blowhard.
stathisp at gmail.com
Tue Mar 31 12:28:39 UTC 2009
2009/3/31 BillK <pharos at gmail.com>:
> Just because humans have 'x' ability doesn't mean that Evolution was
> aiming towards developing 'x'. For example, 'x' might have been useful
> to a previous ancestor without eyes and is just a hangover that a
> better adaption hasn't quite got rid of.
> As wikipedia says 'However, many traits that appear to be simple
> adaptations are in fact exaptations: structures originally adapted for
> one function, but which coincidentally became somewhat useful for some
> other function in the process'.
> Evolution is a complete kludge. We're lucky we can walk and chew gum
> at the same time. (And some of us can't do that). :)
But it's very hard to imagine how consciousness could have arisen at
all, unless it was a necessary side-effect of intelligent behaviour.
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