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Re: The final rant (was primers)
This will be my final comments on this topic, just to get some things
1) I have not ever had, nor do I think I will ever have, any information
drummed into me. I take a critical look at anything and everything, for
the most part, much to some people's dismay and occassionally my
2) My understanding of "artificial" and "natural," as explained before,
are deliberate and personal observations. I noted already that development
of distinct populations can arise through human control, but in no other
species, not even fungus-growing ants, do they _restrict_ developmental
pathways or breeding ability, except by human design. No other species
designs another, yet we have done so. This is "artificial," and I draw a
line between this controlled selective process and "natural selection,"
the latter which has been defined in the past by various forms of
speciation, and gradual, often random, effects due to breeding partners,
geography, competition, etc. I guess you'd call it "moliopatry," or
3) I view symbiosis as dependant organisms, without which one another
the organisms would become critically in danger of surviving. Dogs can go
feral, and breed with coyote and wolf, and cats can also go wild, and in
parts of Europe and Africa, breed with other species (*F. margarita*, *F.
sylvestris*, etc.), and humans do NOT require the life companions of dogs
to live, simply chose to do so on occassion ... or a fish ... or a cat ...
or a parrot. Thus, while potentially mutualistic, they are not symbiontic
in the sense of survival tendencies.
I hope this helps. My arguments on the other matters of the issue are
Jaime A. Headden
Little steps are often the hardest to take. We are too used to making leaps
in the face of adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do. We should all
learn to walk soft, walk small, see the world around us rather than zoom by it.
"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)
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