Tal Cohen's Bookshelf: A Collection of Personal Opinions about Books

Gabriel Hanna writes:
Watchmakers and evolution
Beaver's don't ''know'' how to build dams. When they hear running water, they have have an irrestible urge to chop down a tree and throw on their dam. When they stop hearing running water, the urge goes away. The result is a beaver dam.

Maybe you know how to solve differential equations, but I know you can't do it fast enough to catch a ball thrown at you. Yet you catch them. Apes can throw and catch things and they don't know anything about ballistics.

Watchmakers and Engineers are like that.
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Tal Cohen writes in reply to Gabriel Hanna:
Watchmakers and evolution
Somehow, I don't see evolution evolving small-brained creatures that can instinctively improve electronic devices.
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