Re: Watches & Necklaces

From: William Benzon (
Date: Wed 28 May 2003 - 21:02:06 GMT

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    on 5/28/03 4:36 PM, Richard Brodie at wrote:

    > 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?

    Well, I've been told that human brain size has decreased over the last 10,000 years.


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