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End of Evolution

To a physicist, life is a neat example of electromagnetic interaction. To a biologist, no entanto, life is a DNA replication algorithm. Let’s mull over the biology view for a few moments.

The genes in our body have only one motive–to get replicated. Our body is created in accordance with a blue print encoded in the genes to “run” this algorithm. How this algorithm gets mapped to our higher level goals and emotions is what life is all about to most people who are not physicists or biologists.

A simple mapping of this algorithm leads to the maxim in evolution “the survival of the fittest.” Any mutation that has the tiniest advantage in terms of survivability gets amplified over time. Da mesma forma, all disadvantaged genes get wiped out.

But evolution in humans (and through our influence, the whole echo-system) has taken a new turn. Survival of the fittest used to mean the survival of the strongest or the smartest. Por exemplo, if I had a genetic condition that made me prone to some life-threatening disease (Em outras palavras, if I was not very strong), my chances of passing on my genes would be a little smaller.

Contudo, because of the advances in medicine, the survival chances for such disadvantaged genes are normalized to roughly the same level as those of the rest of the species. Então, novamente, because of the dependence of the quality of health care on money, the survival chances get distorted in favor of the rich. Assim, is the mapping of the DNA algorithm now “the survival of the richest?”

Wealth is considered a product of intelligence. But intelligence (as defined by money-making ability) is not necessarily genetic. It may be, but we do not know that yet. So over several generations, it is not even the richest that survive, because time averages out the survival chances.

So what exactly is going to survive?

Ref: Este post é um trecho do meu livro, O Unreal Universo.

Evolução,,en,Lógica Invertida,,en,A evolução é geralmente descrita como,,en,a sobrevivência do mais apto,,en,ou como espécie evoluindo para se adaptar ao meio ambiente,,en,Para sobreviver,,en,evoluir,,en,para adaptar,,en,estes são verbos de ação,,en,implicando algum tipo de intenção ou plano geral,,en,Mas há uma curiosa inversão da lógica,,en,ou reversão de causalidade na teoria da evolução,,en,Isso é quase o oposto da intenção ou plano,,en,É mais fácil ilustrar essa lógica invertida usando exemplos,,en,Suponha que você esteja em uma ilha tropical,,en,aproveitando o bom tempo e a bela praia,,en,Você diz para si mesmo,,en,Isto é perfeito,,en,Isto é o paraíso,,en,existe algum gene específico contendo a impressão azul do seu processo cerebral que leva você a se sentir assim,,en,É lógico que pode ter havido mutações genéticas em algum momento,,en–Inverted Logic

Evolution is usually described as “the survival of the fittest,” or as species evolving to adapt to the environment. To survive, to evolve, to adapt—these are action verbs, implying some kind of intention or general plan. But there is a curious inversion of logic, or reversal of causality in the theory of evolution. This is almost the opposite of intention or plan.

It is easiest to illustrate this inverted logic using examples. Suppose you are on a tropical island, enjoying the nice weather and the beautiful beach. You say to yourself, “This is perfect. This is paradise!” Claro, there is some specific gene containing the blue print of your brain process that leads you to feel this way. It stands to reason that there may have been genetic mutations at some point, o que fez algumas pessoas odiarem esse tipo de paraíso,,en,Eles podem ter preferido o Alasca no inverno,,en,Evidentemente,,en,esses genes tinham uma chance ligeiramente menor de sobrevivência, porque os invernos do Alasca não são tão saudáveis ​​quanto os paraísos tropicais,,en,Mais de milhões de anos,,en,esses genes foram eliminados,,en,O que isto significa é que o paraíso tropical não tem uma beleza intrínseca,,en,Não é que você ache bonito,,en,A beleza não está necessariamente nos olhos de quem vê,,en,É mais como se os olhos existissem porque somos o tipo de pessoa que acharia esses ambientes hospitaleiros lindos,,en,Outro exemplo da inversão da lógica na evolução é a razão pela qual encontramos bebês fofos fofos,,en,Nossos genes sobreviveram,,en. They may have preferred Alaska in winter. Evidently, such genes had a slightly lower chance of survival because Alaskan winters are not as healthy as tropical paradises. Over millions of years, these genes got all but wiped out.

What this means is that the tropical paradise does not have an intrinsic beauty. It is not even that you happen to find it beautiful. Beauty does not necessarily lie in the eyes of the beholder. It is more like the eyes exist because we are the kind of people who would find such hospitable environments beautiful.

Another example of the inversion of logic in evolution is the reason we find cute babies cute. Our genes survived, e nós estamos aqui porque somos o tipo de pessoa que acharia bebês saudáveis ​​fofos,,en,Esta inversão de causalidade tem implicações em todas as facetas da nossa existência,,en,todo o caminho até a nossa noção de livre arbítrio,,en,teoria da evolução,,en,Arquivos da evolução,,en. This reversal of causality has implications in every facet of our existence, all the way up to our notion of free will.

Ref: Este post é um trecho do meu livro, O Unreal Universo.