Selection and Consequences

[from Gary Cziko 921204.1701 GMT]

In the course of biological evolution, changes in genotype caused by
mutation and genetic recombination have various phenotypic consequences for
organisms. These consequences of structure and behavior can be "bad"
(death) or "good" (survival and reproduction). Genotypes are therefore
selected by their consequences.

But "good" behavior involves being able to resist environmental
disturbances (including the behaviors of other organisms). This means
being able to vary behavior in order to control the consequences.

Thus evolution (selection BY consequences) leads to control (selection OF
consequences) because the latter is in itself a "good" consequence.

Just thinking out loud. I wonder what will be the consequences?--Gary

P.S. a Rick: Il me parece que tu tiens todavia problemes con ton nuevo
addresse. Was ist los?


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