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> >Just because memes are liable to arrive at an optimal state doesn't mean
> >they aren't still products of evolution. The same thing occurs in the
> >natural environment all the time. Organisms get to a certain point where
> >they fit their ecosystem perfectly.
> I didn't realize evolution was about perfection. Are you sure you haven't
> conflated evolution with some outdated natural theological view long
> replaced by Darwin's evolution via selection?
No one has said anything about theology except you. Try not to be so
literal. We're just chatting here, Scott.
> There's the difference between stabilizing selection which would keep a
> feature of a population at a satisfactory (ie- just getting by) state
> a stable ecological context and directional selection which takes the
> population toward a different state "better" for a different ecological
> context when this context has itself changed, along with the playing
Nice to learn some useful terminology. Thanks.
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