Re: [sl4] A model of RSI

From: Stuart Armstrong (
Date: Sat Sep 27 2008 - 03:28:24 MDT

>> Nope. The reason it hasn't happened yet is because if it did, we would not be here to
>> ask the question.
> This seems like the anthropic principle for Doomsday, to me. It's

> never been demonstrated that a process as rich and extensive as a
> planetary biosphere can be stopped in its tracks. There are no control
> groups! For all we know biological evolution is a stronger force than
> thermodynamic entropy, guaranteed by the laws of physics to conquer
> dumb matter over some intractable span of time.

Er - no. Evolution follows the laws of thermodynamics to a t. And an
h, and an e, and any other letter you could think of.

There is no process in evolution that can transform random heat energy
into useful work.


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