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Because nature is full of intelligence, the more we learn, even about a worm, the less we “know”

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After Stretton finished mapping the connectome of the nematode worm, he had far more questions than he did before he started:

George Gilder: Tony Stretton, who worked with the major biological laboratory at Cambridge in Britain and then came to Wisconsin, where he’s been a professor of biology for decades, did the first full connectome of the nematode worm.

And he started out thinking this was going to be a simple job to really define all the connections in the brain of a tiny worm, which is the smallest. And it’s believed to have a full, discrete brain.

And he said the more he learned about the brain of a nematode, the less he felt he knew… And the oceans of reality lay still far beyond his reach and beyond his ken.

News, “Stretton’s Paradox: The paradox of the lowly worm” at Mind Matters News

It gets better when we get to humans… 😉

See also: Epigenetic learning appears confirmed in nematodes: Weismann barrier broken

Gilder seems to get the analog/digital distinction now. In earlier decades he was more of an all-out cheerleader for the infinite power of digital, taking the AI-conquers-all attitude. It's nice to see a major public figure who is capable of learning. We could use a few more.... polistra

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