From: Bill Spight (email@example.com)
Date: Wed 04 May 2005 - 23:28:56 GMT
> 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
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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