RE: Watches & Necklaces

From: Richard Brodie (
Date: Wed 28 May 2003 - 20:36:35 GMT

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    Scott wrote:

    <<Simply put the parasitic relationship is +-, the commensal relationship is
    +0 and the mutual relationship is ++. The + means fitness or benefit inceases where - means these decrease. 0 means no effect. Minkoff's text (p. 157) discusses population increases versus decreases and the Lotka-Volterra equations.

    I don't know how easily these relationships can be parsed in nature.>>

    It would seem easy to extend this, then, to gene-meme symbioses. Education, for example, is parasitic because it reduces genetic fitness. How about them apples?

    Richard Brodie

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