06-27-2012, 03:43 PM
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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Originally Posted by FallingLeaf
And what of the evidence? This: "NO EXISTENCE PROOF IS REQUIRED...as long as you admit that imitation occurs, they must exist"
Perhaps no evidence is required. None is required for evolution, as Marvin Minsky has pointed out:
Originally Posted by Marvin Minsky
The Process of Evolution is the following abstract idea:
There is a population of things that reproduce, at different rates in different environments. Those rates depend, statistically, on a collection of inheritable traits. Those traits are subject to occasional mutations, some of which are then inherited.
Then one can deduce, from logic alone, without any need for evidence, that:
THEOREM: Each population will tend to increase the proportion of traits that have higher reproduction rates in its current environment.
Most everyone buys the premises to this proof when it comes to evolution of life. The question is, do we buy the premises for memes?