|May9-12, 11:22 AM||#18|
Perception, Intelligence and Evolution
Yes, I agree, organisms can't directly influence epigenetic outcome in response to perceptions and of course the personification of evolution is just a case of anthropomorphism, which lacks objectivity.
|May13-12, 08:13 AM||#19|
There is no firm line between reactions and intelligence. Reactions are important. As far as anyone knows they are inherited. Reactions that involve memory are more sophisticated. Then there are goals, and having as a goal something that has never existed before.
Eventually the organisms become intelligent enough to be aware of the process of evolution and take advantage of it. Natural selection falls away and then artificial selection rules. Farmers breeding pigs and corn are a good example. This has been going on for millenia. They didn't need Darwin to do that.
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