Tag: Evolution

What is human, by Gmbd

Evolution appears a sensible explanation for the adaption of creatures, if it works you have an advantage and get to reproduce and the mutation is passed on.
Seems sensible.
I have wondered tho’ if wishful thinking might play a part, that a collective mind might think, “It would be really great if I had a long neck to reach those tasty leaves up there”
and so the giraffes DNA is changed by will power so that the off-spring has longer necks.
What the mechanism might be I have no idea.

I heard an assertion but have no source that a bacteria changed its metabolism in its own lifetime to adapt to new circumstances when it was really stressed.

I like Life being a mystery.

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The Great Personality Shift

/()43 |_|K19, Going Postal

/()43’s man-in-the-pub theory of life, the left and the right

Rejoice, readers, in the satisfying knowledge that this is the last article in my series of three; soon there will be no more of this unreadable nonsense. Even better, I only have one ideosynchratic absurdity remaining to be clumsily examined – The Great Shifting of the Personalities. Best of all, there are diagrams! Hooray!

In the 14th to 18th centuries, language historians claim we changed the way we pronounced the so-called “long” vowels. If no-one can remember the 14th century, how do they know? Via some very dubious conjectue, it would seem. Anyway. One of the most interesting aspects of this great shift is the way some vowels seem to “shunt along”, each taking the place of the next. Thus, out used to sound like boot and boot used to sound like boat. It’s also interesting that we developed the printing press before the shift was complete, so that our spelling had to remain the same. We are left with a wierd spelling/pronounciation mismatch.

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Evolution of the Political Personality

/()43 |_|K19, Going Postal

/()43’s man-in-the-pub theory of life, the left and the right

In the beginning there were puddles of chemical soup. It was warm, and frequent lightning triggered chemical reactions that produced somewhat exotic byproducts including amino acids – important building block of life. Now, there are loads of candidate definitions of “life”, but one necessary property seems to be the existance of a “boundary” (or “membrane” or “skin”) which seperates the substance of the lifeform on the inside of the boundary from its environment on the outside, so that the lifeform has a definate location, a definite size and so on.

The envionment, for our purposes, comprises a chaotic mixture of threats and resources. The boundary will protect the lifeform from the threats and yet it will yield to permit exploitation of resources (which we could generalise to “opportunities”). Within the outer boundary further, more delicate, bountaries can form permitting lifeforms to develop internal structure, making them more effective at surviving. We thus introduce the idea of multiple, layered boundaries – but also that the outside of the outermost boundary is only environment – not part of the organism – constituted only of threads and opportunities.

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Questions

Gmbd, Going Postal

Does a life have value just because it exists ?
Is the life of a human more important than the life of a tiger ?
Is the life of a hamster more important than the life of a stick insect ?
If there are a hundred billion things and they are all slightly different does one of those things have more value than another ?
Is a thing useful ?
Will it do something important ?
Mostly you can answer “no”.

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