evolution, evolution...

Stewart Schultz schultz at unixg.ubc.ca
Thu Nov 7 18:29:52 EST 1991


In article <1991Nov7.153141.1 at hmivax.humgen.upenn.edu> taub at hmivax.humgen.upenn.edu writes:

>Does that mean that the definition and concept of 
>evolution will change when we discover a non-genetic living system?  :-) I 
>know none exists that we know of, but we *will* find one.

Sure, why not?  Definitions aren't carved in stone.  Language is
convenience, not a philosophical court of law.

>...if we limit our ideas to what we know, and only what 
>we know, then we are limiting ourselves to our island.  Look beyond our book 
>of knowledge and seek to add upon it.

Commendable.  Personally, I'm having enough trouble sorting out what we
_do_ know.  :-)

--
Stewart Schultz
Botany Department
University of British Columbia
schultz at unixg.ubc.ca



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