Cambrian Explosion: another article on early brains (Introduction)

by dhw, Thursday, November 19, 2015, 20:02 (1695 days ago) @ David Turell

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

dhw: Semi-automatic leaves semi-non-automatic. What is half an intelligence?

DAVID: Not half an intelligence. Semi-automatic means the inventions follow patterns and guide lines as everyone who is an animal on land and those that fly all have the same comparative anatomy. Pentadactyl appendages, etc. I've explained this many times before.

Of course they follow patterns, if evolution happened. Every organism inherited patterns from its predecessors, and every innovation had to take place in an existing organism. The patterns are hereditary, but every innovation is a departure from the existing pattern, and it is innovation that drives evolution. Either the innovations are preprogrammed by your God, or they are the result of your God's dabbling, or they are the product of an autonomous intelligence that resides within the cell communities themselves. I don't see how you can have an in-between semi-programme, semi-dabble or semi-automatic inventive intelligence for INNOVATION.

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