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Posted by Michael W. Pearson on May 30, 2002 17:31:09 UTC

Darwinpoodle wrote:
" I believe, on the surface, we are at the mercy of our surroundings and we have an
enlarged brain to cope with the stresses."

This line of thinking would contain a permanent fallacy unless you believe in Intelligent design.
Mechanical function evolves, according to natural selection, not for purpose...instead by what becomes a hindsight of causality. 'Naturally', our traits do not serve our needs...they simply exist and are bombarded by those stresses you mention. How then? I believe intelligence begets intelligence, so that when a little intelligence is appreciated in another life form, in our far past by some bird or furry creature perhaps, this may improve their _interest in survival. It's reaching, but would have statistical import.
This scheme could proceed intelligent design at the beginning, since a billion years in our time may be psychologically comparable to the geologically immense duration experienced by the molecules involved in formation of a crystal (if you've ever been a molecule, you'd know how boring it can be). Or the Intelligent Design might have begun more recently in a convoluted metaphysical progression.

Darwinpoodle wrote:
"It is part of evolutionary psychology, ever heard of it? It is still fringe, but I think it will
make progress in the future."

I guess you think I have heard of it now?
I found some of the folks on those lists to be rude and dogmatic but I guess it's because they are all too human, not because of psychology. Better to be part angel sometimes.

Darwinpoodle wrote:
"I am glad you think so highly of me to research all that I have said."

Actually, I asked you to explain that statement when you first made it...and of course I remembered.

Darwinpoodle wrote:
" With a work ethic like that I am suprised that you have been overlooked by the "network". Maybe I could write you a letter. I have a few "in" contacts at various places. I could cash in a few favors."

I'm not sure I'm overlooked, but not paid much if at all.
Actually, they could become further in your debt as a result...or how about "Show me the money !"
I crave legitimcacy of purpose so much I couldn't work for someone without knowing what the organization's really doing.

Fell for it, didn't I?

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