Re: Callouses and Kings

From: Kenneth Van Oost (
Date: Thu Aug 16 2001 - 19:47:21 BST

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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Kenneth Van Oost <>
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    Subject: Re: Callouses and Kings

    > ----- Original Message -----
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    > > Callouses would not evolve all of a piece, but gradually; but what
    > > you're REALLY missing here is dermatological understanding.
    > > Animals (including us) can develop callouses anywhere there is
    > > chafing on the skin; it's built into the dermis; the only modification
    > > needed is one that permits such growth in the absence of
    > > stimulation, and that mutation could happen anywhere, and only
    > > stick where it was useful and selected for.
    > Just a few minor observations,
    > << I just wonder how slow such a selection process works !!
    > I mean, if one variation permits an organism to substain the hazzards
    > of its life better, wouldn 't it be logical to presume that such a
    > were selected much faster and get passed down to the offspring far
    > more easier !?
    > Why waiting for a million years or more !?
    > It seems very unlikely to me that Nature would create, so to speak,
    > an animal and than realise, damn I forgot the kneecaps !
    > Well, no problema, I ' ve got time and wait another million years !?
    > And a gradually evolution sounds to me like calluses had to fight for
    > their rightful place. And why, have we, as humans, still calluses on our
    > feet and no longer on our hands if supposingly we walked this earth on
    > all fours for a million years !?
    > Why is Nature slow with the camel and ' fast ' with us !?
    > Why does this system works gradual faster in dismissing a variation
    > than in creating one !?
    > Or, in the case of the calluses on our hands which disappeared, would
    > the more faster memetic evolution count for the beginning of the
    > of that variation !?
    > Best,
    > Kenneth
    > ( I am, because we are) no elephants

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