[ExI] Eden, deep memes, exodus from the Ape God

The Avantguardian avantguardian2020 at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 17 00:43:38 UTC 2012

----- Original Message -----
> From: Kelly Anderson <kellycoinguy at gmail.com>
> To: ExI chat list <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
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> Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2012 11:55 PM
> Subject: Re: [ExI] Eden, deep memes, exodus from the Ape God
> 2012/1/15 Stefano Vaj <stefano.vaj at gmail.com>
>> On 15 January 2012 17:42, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
>>> Cool passage Stuart!  Well done, me lad.
>>> If 1/5 of land based biomass, perhaps the formicidae family is the 
> biggest fraction of all land based biomass, assuming we restrict the competition 
> to the animal kingdom.
>> I take, and share, the "philosophical" angle, but am perplexed 
> about the plausibility of the specific figure.
>> This would also mean that ants' biomass alone would beat all other 
> insects together (termites, locustes, flies, mosquitoes, fleas, butterflies, 
> bees, etc.) hands down by orders of magnitude...
> I am absolutely certain that you are leaving out the biomass of single
> celled creatures...

Yes Kelly. Both you and Spike are correct, I am strictly speaking of metazoa, the animal kingdom. But it is still an unfair comparison as humans are single species while there are thousands of species of ants so I was trying to be funny mostly.

Stuart LaForge

“Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution." -Clay Shirky

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