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Posted by Whittier on September 16, 2002 00:55:24 UTC

It's so seldom anyone sincerely apologizes to me.
Thank you.
The errors about DNA can only be approached systematically. If you go read about it carefully, that will basically confirm what I said.
You wrote:
"My point is that DNA can't select what traits go to the next generation since it can't think."
You have identifed a very important area which, if you comprehend it, will enable you to race ahead of many biologists I've heard discussing it.
Even Darwin may have been a little confused on th is.
Selection is not a good term here, no matter how hallowedand traditional, if it is creating a misunderstanding. I think all other uses of the term do imply thinking or at least preference.
In the natural world, I think what they call "selection" is only the after-effect -- the form which emerges from the DNA pathways which were not blocked by time or chance. Like water, DNA may reconverge to create some of the same traits which were lost to time and chance. It's unlikely, but only because so many different forms are possible.
We are now in artificial selection. Since we are semi-conscious beings, :), we actually ARE, with every resource allocation decision, selecting the future of the biosphere and our species -- however haphazardly and foolishly.

May we have wisdom to select better in times to come.

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