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RE: Thoughts on life and evolution

in #steemstem2 years ago

Very nice way of putting things together. This post really makes me thinking. At the end, life can be seen as a capacity of transferring genes in one way or the other. Is this the message you tried to convey?

If we look at this from a different view, we can say that genes move “horizontally” to fulfil their own selfish interests

I have troubles with that sentence… It is a bit too philosophical for me as it yields to the notion of consciousness, but at the level of the genes. This is something, without working in this area, I can’t buy :)

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Thank you for your comment. Actually when I wrote that sentence I was thinking about a book entitled: "The selfish gene" by Richard Dawkins. The author mentions that that sentence should not be taken literally, genes do not have a consciousness but they propagate in interesting ways.

genes do not have a consciousness but they propagate in interesting ways.

I am very happy to trust this. However, consciousness often leads to crazy discussions among certain people... Also in the quantum mechanics domain with the nature of the observer (huuu I should write about that one day).