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Malcolm McMahon malcolm at pigsty.demon.co.uk
Sun Feb 7 11:24:40 EST 1999


On Sun, 7 Feb 1999 07:58:13 -0500, "William Thomas" <wthomas at mint.net>
wrote:
>
>Why do things fight to survive? This is the one trait that the big meat
>brained (an potentially 'souled')animals and the little (and I think most
>would agree, 'unsouled') viruses share. The virus does not have a brain, so
>it could be argued that the survival instinct is not a brain function, but
>something else - but what? And while you are at it, if the purpose is merely
>to survive, and pass down DNA, then it could be argued that the virus
>functions at a much higher level that the human.
>

It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that, if something has a
purpose, it must have _one_ purpose. Purpose is a matter of perspective.


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