[Paleopsych] is evolutionary change stockpiled?
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Mon Nov 22 23:55:35 UTC 2004
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>Subject: [Paleopsych] is evolutionary change stockpiled?
>Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 18:41:34 EST
>Greg Bear just sent me an amazing paper he delivered to the American
>Philosophical Society. I've enclosed a copy below.
>The paper points out that evolution appears to occur in short bursts
>by long periods of stability. He points out that this is more meaningful
>than at first it seems. Evolutionary changes, he says, are apparently
>but are kept from expressing themselves. Then, when the right signal
>they come out of hiding and change the organism in which they've been
>They don't just change one organism. They make that change in a massive
>of organisms--and in crowds of crowds.
>In one of my papers, The Xerox Effect (see
>http://physicaplus.org.il/view_eng1.html), I've called the spontaneous and
>simultaneous precipitation of
>protons, galaxies, and stars supersimultaneity and supersynchrony. In
>this supersimultaneity and supersychrony also occurs in the evolution of
>But how does it work? How do evolutionary changes stack up in storage? Do
>they go through any sort of pretesting, any process of natural selection,
>tryouts in the obstacle course of the real world? How do they do this if
>they're not expressed in bodyplans or bodychanges that can be put through
>paces to see if they work?
Is it possible that this stuff is stored in "junk DNA", awaiting some
"unjunking" trigger? -- Joel
>And, as Greg asks, when this host of changes comes out of hiding in a bunch
>of creatures simultaneously, what's the trigger that sets off the explosion
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