Re: Logic + universal evolution

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    As Dawkins points out in The Selfish Gene, survival of the fittest is just
    a special case of the more general principle of survival of the stable.
    The more general principle applies, of course, to non-living as well as
    living entities. Smolin's ideas are fascinating, but whether they're
    valid or not, the relationship between evolution and non-living matter
    is very simple: that which is stable, survives.

    Of course, if we define "fittest" and "stable" in terms of survivability,
    then these definitions are circular. So this is at least as much about
    concepts, as what's "out there". But I think these concepts are useful
    -- not least in helping us understand the relationship between evolution
    and non-living matter.

    "The distinction between mind and matter is in the mind, not in matter."
    Robin Faichney -- Inside Information --

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