ipirate2Re: Very interesting title and post.....Mon May 14, 2012 20:39126.96.36.199Thanks for this.
You speak well on this but more of natural selection where a bird let's say, has a longer beak and will be favored because he can reach further into a flower while shorter beaked birds cannot.
That does not mean or refute the fact that nature does it's best, not consciously of course, to produce the best individuals that it can, given all the conditions and DNA.
Have a look at that, you as a newborn scenario and tell us how nature could have possibly done better given your DNA and all other conditions at hand. Just focus on what is there and not the environment you will have to compete in later.
Apply some anthropic principle to your thinking.
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- Re: Conditions at hand ipirate2, Thu May 24 15:01Yes. We have all invented our own brand. Regards DL
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- Very interesting title and post..... clarym29, Mon May 14 15:54I like it quite a bit. There is much I agree with. But I disagree in that nature is now (or at any 'now') at it's "best". I don't think there is a best, nor ever will be. Why? I think that life is... more
- Re: Very interesting title and post..... ipirate2, Mon May 14 20:39
- A somewhat new set of ideas..... clarym29, Mon May 14 20:58You say---You speak well on this but more of natural selection where a bird let's say, has a longer beak and will be favored because he can reach further into a flower while shorter beaked birds... more
- Dr Pangloss ... Baruch, Mon May 14 14:51borrowing from Leibniz ... not Cadid or Candide ;-) While I don't believe in Leibniz or Pangloss, my experience is similar ... I find ordinary experience aka reality to be divine. Not the divinity I... more
- Re: Dr Pangloss ... ipirate2, Mon May 14 20:48With you on your last for sure. I think that all discussions of God are speculative nonsense and that none of it can be proven till some God actually shows up. As to your situation, all of us would... more
- But I think your view ... Baruch, Mon May 14 21:12diminishes free will, which I metaphysically won't give up (a ceiling on present performance is a kind of constraint). In my view G-d has already shown up, indeed is always present. But these may... more
- Re: But I think your view ... ipirate2, Mon May 14 21:29We all have free will and are all subject to constraints. Living in the best of all possible worlds takes nothing away from that. Be they mental powers or the laws of physics, we all have... more
- I don't bifurcate the possible from the impossible ... Baruch, Tue May 15 04:39I also have a post-modern view of physical law. Most people are stuck in Newtonian views. Shalom
- Re: I don't bifurcate the possible from the impossible ... ipirate2, Tue May 15 09:44""considered by many to be the greatest and most influential scientist who ever lived." Not surprising. Gravity works. Regards DL
- Cult of personality ... Baruch, Tue May 15 12:54he didn't invent gravity, it has always been here ... and his theory is wrong, just less wrong than Aristotle. Shalom
- Speaking of egos Frashavan, Thu May 17 17:01I see that the hard data that refutes Dawkins is finally making its way into the popular sphere. About time. http://www.wilsonquarterly.com/blog/index.cfm/Current_Books/2012/5/14/noble-savages
- Anthropology, like economics, is barely a science ... Baruch, Thu May 17 18:05and just as subject to bias and politics ... though economics is a useful place to dump mathematicians ... such as the Quants. Dawkins wrote when he did, with Neo-con prejudice, just as Darwin wrote... more