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“Evolution of evolvability”… Huh?

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Further to Is “evolution” a person? Can it “learn”? (Well, that would sure explain “apparently intelligent designs.” If evolution can “learn,” it is a consciousness of some kind.)

But Darwin boffins were making the claim. Anway, philospher and photographer Laszlo Bencze comments on their phrase, in the title above:

“The evolution of evolvability” is the single most striking phrase in the article that Denyse excerpts. Like wow. With a phrase like that you have just answered all conceivable doubts about Darwinism. It’s the master key which opens every dank cell in Darwin’s dungeon. It rolls off the tongue like a line from a Shakespeare sonnet. It’s got assonance. It’s a beautiful thing. Maybe some crabby old ID critics will damn it for being a perfect vacuity when it comes to meaning. But they just don’t appreciate the immense value of thought which is impervious to deconstruction by virtue of being meaningless.

File:A small cup of coffee.JPG Yeh. We take the fun out of everything.

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However, “can learn” = consciousness is a HUGE leap! We software developers have been developing technology that can do something that can realistically be called learning for a long time. I have no reason to believe that any of us has developed anything that can reasonably be described as conscious.
While that is possible, this doesn't solve the underlying problem: if evolution is somehow "programmed" to learn, then that raises the question: programmed by whom? This move only shuffles the required intelligence from evolution itself to the "programmer of evolution". It doesn't help to eliminate intelligence from the equation. hgp
"If evolution can “learn,” it is a consciousness of some kind." Y'know, the general thesis of the source article is a bit far fetched. It does recognize, however, that there is a problem with the current theory's ability to explain the data. However, "can learn" = consciousness is a HUGE leap! We software developers have been developing technology that can do something that can realistically be called learning for a long time. I have no reason to believe that any of us has developed anything that can reasonably be described as conscious. bFast

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