Re: electric meme bombs

From: Scott Chase (
Date: Sat 02 Nov 2002 - 20:29:35 GMT

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    >From: "Van oost Kenneth" <>
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    >Subject: Re: electric meme bombs
    >Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2002 21:24:59 +0100
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    >From: "Scott Chase" <>
    > > Yet bacteria rule the planet.
    > >
    > > If you draw an imaginary line from monad to man and generalize from this
    > > unidimensional and linearized view of evolution up a ladder across the
    > > whole, you might tend to (mis)perceive a progressive tendency toward
    > > complexity in evolution, especially if you fail to define "complex" and
    > > "elaborate".
    >Hi Scott,
    >Not that I am willing to redraw my comment to Joe earlier on, but the
    >line you draw from nomads to modern man is such an one I got in mind.
    >Goulds proposal of the Full House implies IMO such possibility, that
    >the only way up for nomads was to settle down, became farmers and
    >went on to become modern people.
    >For Joe this is the tendency towards complexity, for me it is the view
    >that all started as a " singularity " or less complex or " nomadic " and
    >than evolved into multiplicity, more complex, man....
    >Same result, other bias....
    Yet nomads are humans. The path from hardy beduin to city dweller wasn't what I had in mind. I was talking about monads which were the supposed fundamental units of more complex life forms. Anyhow, monads are not nomads or vice versa.

    There's still unicellular life forms out there and they are doing quite well. They didn't fall out of favor with evolution. Yes more complex life forms resulted from evolution, but I see no progressive overarching tendency.

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