Re: Gould and complexity

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Tue Feb 01 2005 - 13:49:25 MST

At 01:59 PM 2/1/2005 -0500, John K Clark wrote:

>I also believe the smartest animal in
>past eras is dumber than the smartest animal in future eras, although
>the two animals may not be related.

Of course Gould didn't disagree with that; the posit is that things can't
get *stupider* than a brick (the lefthand wall of simplicity), but random
walking will gradually push *something* (perhaps a different something each
time) farther and farther out to the right.

Luckily we won't have to depend on random genomic walks much longer.

Damien Broderick

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