Problems of Symbol Congestion in Computer Languages
steve at fenestra.com
Fri Feb 18 16:01:01 CET 2011
On Fri, 18 Feb 2011 06:22:32 -0800 (PST), rantingrick
<rantingrick at gmail.com> wrote:
>Evolution is about one cog gaining an edge over another, yes. However
>the system itself moves toward perfection at the expense of any and
Um, do you actually know anything about (biological) evolution? There is
no evidence of an overall "goal" of any kind, perfect or not.
* There are many examples of evolutionary "arms races" in nature; e.g.,
the cheetah and the gazelle, each gaining incrementally on the other,
and a thousand generations later, each in essentially the same place
relative to the other that they started from, only with longer legs
or a more supple spine.
* There are many adaptations that confer a serious DISadvantage in one
aspect of survivability, that survive because they confer an
advantage in another (sickle-cell disease in humans, a peacock's
>If perfection is evil then what is the pursuit of perfection: AKA:
>gaining an edge?
1) I never said that perfection is evil; those are entirely your words.
2) If you don't already see the obvious difference between "pursuit of
perfection" and "gaining an edge," then I'm afraid there's nothing I can
do or say to help you.
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