Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Philosophy Wire: Evolution. Predictability. Skakos Zen.


Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2014-12-02]: A longstanding question among scientists is whether evolution is predictable. A team of researchers from University of California Santa Barbara may have found a preliminary answer. The genetic underpinnings of complex traits in cephalopods may in fact be predictable because they evolved in the same way in two distinct species of squid. [1] But how can anything not predictable be an object of science, as we have stupidly defined science today? Only when we stop believing things are predictable, when we have accepted chaos, when we see the unpredictable in the eye, will we be part of the world as it it and not as we would like it to be. Stop trying to predict everything and everything will become predictable...

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