Cambrian Explosion: another article on early brains (Introduction)

by dhw, Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 20:51 (1592 days ago) @ David Turell

dhw: Your many possibilities still shrink to preprogramming or dabbling, unless you also allow for the possibility that your God created an inventive mechanism which could autonomously find ways of adapting to or exploiting the environment in which it finds itself.

DAVID: I've always given an IM a 'semi-automatic' designation, which means it has degrees of freedom.

Semi-automatic leaves semi-non-automatic. You like to laugh at the idea of cell communities holding “committee meetings”. So did your God provide the original cells with only half a programme to pass on for every single innovation, lifestyle etc., or give individual organisms lessons on how to build half a kidney or half a nest, then slope off saying: “OK guys, work the rest out for yourselves”? What is half an intelligence?


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