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On 28 Jul 2001, at 12:52, Philip Jonkers wrote:
> >>I'm sorry if this is source of confusion. I hope I can settle
> >> this once and for all. With `fittest' I do not
> >> mean to denote a species being superior in an absolute sense.
> >> More so in a relative sense instead. That is, I refer to
> >> the best adapted species compared to other species occupying
> >> the same positions in the food chain (better yet `food web'):
> >> peer-species, if you like. These are the species that compete one
> >> and other for the resources they are designed for to exploit by
> >> evolution (not creation!). Species taking no part in this relative
> >> struggle are bound to be engaged in other struggles. Each of these
> >> struggles, local competitions, has a winner : this is what I meant
> >> with the `fittest'.
> > There are two possible meanings here:
> > 1) those that are able to horn in on the most expansive niche, and
> > 2) those who are able to most securely glue themselves to a disputed
> > niche.
> > Which is under dispute?
> I can't tell, please elaborate on the distinction between these
> niches. I'll reply afer the weekend though...
I thought of a third, where we clearly have no peer:
Those that are able to change the widest array of niches to the
greatest degree to suit them.
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