Re: Two draft papers: AI and existential risk; heuristics and biases.

From: Michael Vassar (
Date: Wed Jun 07 2006 - 23:42:36 MDT

Lamarckian evolution is, as a general principle, trivially refuted by all
manner of day-to-day experiences such as the need for children to learn
skills their parents have already acquired. Lamarkian ideas would predict
far far more change between generations than is actually observed.

>heavy objects do seem to fall faster than light ones

No. People assumed that they did but the evidence never supported that
supposition. Denser objects do seem to fall faster than less dense ones,
but two bricks don't seem to fall faster when together than when apart and
the observation of drag is a commonplace one.

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.5 : Wed Jul 17 2013 - 04:00:56 MDT