From: Chris Taylor (Christopher.Taylor@man.ac.uk)
Date: Thu 29 May 2003 - 09:17:49 GMT
Education is not parasitic any more than producing armour plate on an
animal that is never attacked is somehow a 'selfish' trait. Scott is
right about the r vs K analogy - education equips you, although you may
never need the knowledge. It is not parasitic, because it has
demonstrable benefits. Mutualist, or at worst commensalist on balance.
Wait till that meteor is heading for us, then tell me that an educated
population has effectively lower fitness for being educated [I see a
pyramid where a generally educated populace supports a very clever 'top'
class, because knowledge is valued; although I wouldn't want to start
trying to make group-based arguments...].
Chris Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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