[ExI] Purified humanity Re: Your Genome Is a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Mon Oct 7 06:16:37 UTC 2013

On Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 6:49 AM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> Of course that mutational load is a side effect of evolutionary
> optimization. Such a brittle system must be henceforth perpetually
> maintained by manual intervention, or be outcompeted by wild
> type should that chain ever break.

As the original article points out, optimization is the wrong word to
use as description.
Arbitrary hacks based on previous hacks is more like it.
Think of computer spaghetti code after a hundred programmers have done
urgent fixes and patches. Much of the code is bypassed by later fixes.
A lot of it no longer works as intended. A lot is no longer needed.
But the program still manages to work somehow. (Though nobody is quite
sure how!).  It's a mess.


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