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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I read, liked, and agreed with most everything. There were a couple of points that still have me scratching my head:

    Why do humans have "self awareness"? Basically the same reason -- if can't communicate a concept of self and aggressively protect it, our real, actual physical self would easily be lost and we wouldn't have offspring.

    Are you saying that self-awareness is necessary for self-defense and generating offspring? If so, it is an interesting perspective not restricted to humans. It makes m

    • It’s really very simple. If you extrapolate “survival of the fittest” (which people always confuse with “survival of the best” or “survival of the most advanced”, but that is a rant for another day), the logical conclusion is that under the given conditions, having self-awareness and free will (if we do have free will, which personally I am not so convinced of) has allowed us to survive better than ancestors that did not, at least at one point in the past.

      There wa

      • that's not what I am contending.

        If scrottie had said "self-awareness and free-will help perpetuate the species", I wouldn't have asked for further clarification. I believe that statement to be true.

        I likely have read too much into and too literally his comments, but it seemed to me he was saying:

        1. Free will has come as a result of it being required for survival of the fittest.

        I contend that free will, if equated to non-deterministic behavior, can arise in any sufficiently complex self-referencing system.