Re: Mutant swarms and copying fidelity

From: Bill Spight (
Date: Wed 04 May 2005 - 23:28:56 GMT

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    Dear Keith,

    > One the other hand, perhaps you are referring to language shifting
    > generation by generation. People who are up on this (such as my
    > wife, an English major) say there was more evolution in the language
    > between Chaucer and Shakespeare than from has happened since (about
    > twice as long).

    I believe it. Printing may be a factor, no?

    > To normalize for comparison, you would figure out bits of change per
    > generation since at the root of it, genes and memes are both
    > information.

    Barry goes on to say, "The influenza virus mutates so fast that 99 percent of the 100,000 to 1 million new viruses that burst out of a cell
    . . . are too defective to infect another cell and reproduce again." If we consider that one generation, almost all of the "children" are mutants. It's hard to mutate faster than that.



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