[unrev-II] And, speaking of evolvability...

From: Jack Park (jackpark@verticalnet.com)
Date: Mon May 22 2000 - 14:41:36 PDT

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    Doug says that the DKR must be capable of evolution. It must be able to track conceptual drift in the culture it serves.

    William H. Calvin speaks on this in "The Six Essentials? Minimal Requirements for the Darwinian Bootstrapping of Quality"

    "Selectionism emphasizes carving patterns, memes remind us of minimal replicable patterns, but a full-fledged Darwinian process needs six essential ingredients to keep going, to recursively bootstrap quality from rude beginnings. While there may be situations ("sparse Darwinism") in which a reduced number suffice, another five ingredients, while not essential, greatly enhance the speed and stability of a Darwinian process. While our best examples are drawn from species evolution, the immune response, and evolutionary epistemology, the Darwinian process may well be a major law of the universe, right up there with chemical bonds as a prime generator of interesting combinations that discover stratified stabilities. "

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