Quote:...is our awareness that this is what our DNA is doing, an important part of DNA's evolutionary development-for-its-own-benefit, or just an unintended...
Quote:...is this awareness a harmful-dead-end which the DNA will need to "select-out"?
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Quote:The idea has been floated here…I forget who, probably many of us, possibly Dave…the idea has been floated that it is much more likely to have DNA develop in different places in the universe than for intelligence to have developed.What if the development of intelligence is a tool/strategy used by DNA to help gets it (the DNA) passed along and developed?Otto
Quote:First, within materialistic reductionism, everything is 'unintended'. If you are not reductionist, then, that's different, but then we must choose our side first. When Lawrence Krauss says 'there is no evidence the universe is designed', everything follows and nothing can be 'intended' thereafter, but then again, not everybody would agree with him on his first premise.
Quote:it may begin to dumb us down enough to let evolution begin again, but then it would be cyclical.
Quote:Quote:it may begin to dumb us down enough to let evolution begin again, but then it would be cyclical. hmmm, I've heard the Complexity of Evolution cannot decrease globally, supposedly there's a demon that forbid that. Under Darwinian selection, Evolution may stall, but may not be able to go down the ladder of complexity gradually and loop back. Darwinian atheists certainly don't want to remove that demon. Funny, they don't believe in God but they believe in demons, it doesn't make sense.
Quote:I don't know if we are smart enough to be successful at deliberately engineering evolution.
Quote:What I was implying is that the organism that is evolving is the societal mass versus the individual. I think evolution on the individual level may have stalled.
Quote:Funny, they don't believe in God but they believe in demons, it doesn't make sense.
Quote:inorganic life is a possibility- we only have a sample size of one- so "as we know it" may actually be vastly in the minority as far as different types of biochemistry are concerned
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Quote:I think we do not let evolution in the Darwinian sense by protecting the weak, feeble, curing disease etc.. The more civilized societies don't allow it.
Quote:I would like to think that we're evolving towards higher intelligence, but I was reading a Stanford study awhile back that indicated humanity peaked in intelligence between 2000 and 5000 yrs ago? I wonder how they determined that.At any rate, once we find a cure to cancer (it's not as far off as you might think) expect another boost in the breeding baseline.
Quote:At any rate, once we find a cure to cancer (it's not as far off as you might think) expect another boost in the breeding baseline.
Quote:There is no cure for cancer in the near future. To find a cure, would kill the single largest fund raising industry on this planet. The absolute LAST thing all those fund raising organizations want, is a cure. It's like cutting the head off of the golden goose.
--------------------- --------------------- "Nothing exists but atoms and empty space. Everything else is opinion." Titus Lucretius Carus 99-55 B.C.
Quote:Couldn't it be that we are in fact the very "first" sentient, intelligent beings to inhabit the universe? The Drake equation is logical and sensible, however, somebody should be the first... Perhaps we are "it"--or not. It is a possibility. Time-Space is at least incomprehensibly large, perhaps infinite. Either situation would allow for a high degree of probability of life forming and becoming sentient--we just don't know whether we are the first ones in a very long line or not.Who knows?
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Quote:That's pretty solid evidence that life comes along as soon as it can.
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