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Re: Sampling Earth's Biodiversity

From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul>
Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2012 10:51:25 -0500
Archived: Sat, 03 Mar 2012 14:59:03 -0500
Subject: Re: Sampling Earth's Biodiversity

>From: J. Maynard Gelinas<j.maynard.gelinas.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 08:57:56 +0800
>Subject: Re: Sampling Earth's Biodiversity

>>From: Michael Tarbell<mtarbell.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2012 09:17:00 -0700
>>Subject: Re: Sampling Earth's Biodiversity


>Thanks for your lengthy and cogent counter-arguments. I'll do my
>best to defend the initial work, but must admit that your
>comment forced a lengthy re-think, which is exactly what
>discussion of this sort ought to do. Rock on!


> And that's why
>genetic programming and directed evolution represent a likely
>means toward deriving useful complex designs. Once you accept
>this perspective, the only question is whether building 'toy'
>ecosystems, or using naturally evolved systems, are better means
>to seek out novel solutions to very difficult problems.

The naturally evolving system adapts to the environment it is
in. So if the earth ecosystem is being used as a laboratory to
work out a new biological system for ETs to use, this new system
would only be suitable for living on earth, would it not?
Anywhere else, the environment would be different and thus,
unsuitable for the new system.

What this means, then, is that using the earth as a laboratory
for an evolutionary experiment would make sense only if the
result were to be applied on earth. If the Martians had done
this, the War of the Worlds would have turned out quite


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