RNA virus luck

many other viruses have the exact same luck and have been getting away with this sequence of lucky moves for eons.   It just makes me wonder whether viral accommodation by cells is a part of normal biology of a species for some greater goal that outweighs even the survival of the individual.

Intelligent Design may be by a Villain

Given what we see in nature, we have good moral reasons to hope that evolution is unintelligent and that accidents can result in excellent designs.  If a superior intelligence is responsible for these advanced designs, then we would have to ask what we should do if it turns out that this superior designer is actually a villain.

Technology vs Biology

This is just a possible scenario of a synergy between humans and automation technology.   We need technology for its mastery of the time-domain.   Technology depends on us for survival due to our biologic advantages of solving problems in time-volume or in a frequency domain.

Superintelligent Robots lack biological will to live and reproduce

The dominant life form in the universe is more likely to be biological than machines. The bulk of that life remains undiscovered at the edges of planetary systems, content to stay there indefinitely expanding from one object to the next. Occasionally they will encounter a star system with a habitable planet. Eventually they will reach that planet and introduce life to that planet if the planet is previously sterile.

Behavior of Behavior

My last post discussed my disapproval of describing behavior as analogous to a computer program.   In particular, that post focused on the idea that behavior is inherited, and thus somehow must be encoded in DNA, and thus DNA includes instructions for behavior in addition to blueprints for building proteins.    I accept that there…

Hypothesis DNA basis for Behavior

I have been delighted to watch the rapid progress of understanding of DNA over my lifetime.    I am amazed by the number of different directions for progress: improved technologies for rapid reading DNA sequences, improved understanding how DNA is copied, transferred toward proteins, replicated across generations, etc.   Each of these areas have seen…