Friday, February 04, 2005

The Darwinian Interlude: A digression by Freeman Dyson

The Darwinian Interlude

Freeman must be about 200 years old. So now he's only five times as smart as the rest of us. Here he has a brief essay that connects an old idea, that humans are post-Darwinian (in 9th grade I wrote an essay on how to resolve pre-gene engineering issues with being post-Darwinian -- I suggested inter-ethnic marriages as a stopgap maneuver), with a newer hypothesis that pre-bacterial "life" was also non-Darwinian (pre-Darwinian). Hence the Darwinian interlude. A clever metaphor.

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