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The Meromorph wrote:deadgenome wrote:The Meromorph wrote:I hope you find time to read it, I found it mind-expanding.
have you read Howard Bloom's Global Brain? It's about evolution of conciousness combined with a serious alternative to the Dawkins 'selfish gene' model.
With all due respect, I can hardly see a book based on 'group selection' as a 'serious alternative' to genetics, it lacks essential physical requirements to evolve (reproduction, inheritance).
The instant of creation marked the dawn of sociality. A neutron is a particle filled with need. Ii is unable to sustain itself for longer than ten minutes (10.3 Minutes to be precise footnote converted to parenthesis). To survive, it must find at least one mate, then form a family. The initial three minutes of existence were spent in cosmological courtship, as protons paired off with neutrons, then rapidly attracted another couple to wed within their embrace, forming the two protons, two neutron quartet of a helium nucleus. Those neutrons which managed this match gained relative immortality. Those who stayed single simply ceased to be.
One of the products of this inorganic copulation was life.
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The latest findings suggest that before the new sphere's crust could even stabilize, the powers of chemical attraction yanked together the first detectable life. While massive rains of planetismals were still smacking this sphere like a boxer pummeling the face of an opponent, self replicating molecules paved the path for ... DNA. Massive minuets of DNA generated the first primitive cells - the prokaryotes - by 3.85 billion B.C. A geological wink after that - in roughly 3.5 billion B.C. - the first communal 'brains' were already making indelible marks upon the face of the sea.
Another capacity of the colony [cyanobacteria in stromatolites] outshone even its architecture. Evidence indicates that each bacterial megalopolis possessed a staggeringly high collective IQ.
He's not speaking figuratively, the rest of the paragraph goes into great detail about that...In a crisis, bacteria did not rely on deliverance via a random process like mutation, but instead unleashed their genius as genetic engineers.
The result of thirty-two years of field work observing the real thing - the mass mind in action
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a technique closer to that used by Darwin and Margaret Mead - becoming a participant when major decisions were made in journalism, popular music, film, television, education, advertising, and politics. Roaming freely with notebook in hand, among the stars, the backstage crews, and crowds at stadiums...
The proclamation that"there can be no such thing as an objective fact" has a great deal of validity.
has a chapter note reference (#27). The reference consists of a list of five scholarly works on the development of art in the 'upper palaeolithic' - approximately 25 millions years later than '25 million years ago'!Class - a factor that existed 25 million years ago -
Pythagoras's followers didn't question his commandments, but tranquillized their wills with a phrase borrowed fron slaves"Autos epha ipse dixit"
spending thousands of hours in the private homes of celebrities, media executives ... SNIP ... Conference rooms, arenas,studios, dressing rooms, and the bedrooms and living rooms...
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