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Re: Evolution in science fiction
I have always been a fan of David Brin's Uplift Saga which utilizes
the process of biological uplift. Essentially nature will allow for
evolution to pre-sapient life but intelligence is always the result of
uplift (ie tampering) of the species by other races. One of the major
problems in the series is that humans do not seem to have a patron
race (leading some humans to believe that we "uplifted" ie evolved
intelligence out selves).
Quoting "Jeff Hecht" <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
I'm going to be moderating a panel this weekend at a science fiction
convention called Readercon in suburban Boston. The title is "Is
Darwinism Too Good for SF?" and it's asking if evolutionary theory
"has been _too good_, too unassailable and too full of explanatory
power, to leave the wiggle room where speculative minds can play"
that science fiction writers need to write memorable stories. Are
there evolutionary counterparts of time travel and faster-than-light?
I know a few science-fiction fans are on the list, and I'm curious
how you'd answer those questions. Stephen Jay Gould's idea that
trying to repeat evolution wouldn't produce the same results comes
to my mind. What comes to yours?
Jeff Hecht, science & technology writer
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