[extropy-chat] Humans--non-rational mode
lcorbin at tsoft.com
Fri Mar 10 08:49:29 UTC 2006
> On 3/10/06, Lee Corbin <lcorbin at tsoft.com> wrote:
> > I'm sure that I speak for many when I say that my immortal
> > purposes involve doing away with my genes altogether. So
> > it doesn't matter what *my* purposes are. The important
> > question is "Have the human genes made a TERRIFIC mistake,
> > not only in immolating themselves, but in destroying all
> > DNA on Earth?" Most likely answer is "Yes, they have."
> > Because the odds are very against humanity just simply
> > puttering along in its present bio-form for much longer.
> And there I disagree. The odds were always against that,
> and are especially so if we fail to reach Singularity;
> and if nothing else, the sun would autoclave the biosphere
> in a few hundred million years anyway. I don't care so
> much about the technology of information storage on
> deoxyribonucleic acid per se, but if I have any say in
> the matter (which I may not, but the odds are at least
> a little better than if we'd never come down from the
> trees), the essential part of the information carried
> in our genes will outlive the stars themselves. Doesn't
> sound like a mistake to me.
We're operating on different levels. I'm thinking biology:
Gene: The fundamental physical and functional unit of
heredity. A gene is an ordered sequence of nucleotides
located in a particular position on a particular
chromosome that encodes a specific functional product
(ie, a protein or RNA molecule).
Those things---in the sense that they're "selfish" a la
Dawkins---have made an awful mistake that greatly imperils
You're evidently thinking of our genes' collective hypothesis
that there is a niche for a thinking general purpose creature.
Indeed, the algorithms and propensities that the human genes
have created (what you're calling the essential part of the
information) entertain a good chance of scoring really big
in this universe.
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