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 >Michael, >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! ><snip> > 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 differently. William Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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