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RE: Evolution And Complexity

That's a really good point, but it raises a new question for me: what about 
probability? For example, is the claim that theropod dinosaurs had a higher 
probability of evolving flight, while tortoises have a very low probability of 
evolving flight, justified? If so, it might have some use in understanding 
certain evolutionary pathways... 
> Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2010 20:12:18 -0300
> Subject: Re: Evolution And Complexity
> From: augustoharo@gmail.com
> To: erikboehm07@yahoo.com
> CC: dinosaur@usc.edu; simkoning@msn.com
> Anyway, if one is to argue about classifying because of complexity,
> one should not use the term of "potential to make some complex thing".
> Who does not have potential? As our capabilities of predicting future
> are low, regarding human future (which may well be being hidden by
> those which invent what we will consume in the future), I think that
> we cannot say that because some taxon has a larger or more complex
> brain it will generate smarter life forms. We should treat complexity
> (if we could measure it at all) in actual, nor potential terms of
> things that can be gained, because most living beings may conceivably
> have such a potential.
> Correct me if I am wrong, but we currently think that terrestrial
> carnivores have relatively larger brains than land artiodactyls. Yet,
> the marine branch of the former seems to have a relatively smaller
> brain compared with the marine derivatives of the latter (notably
> also, although not related to the point, as the Carnivora largely
> predate on the Artiodactyla, in the sea the relationship would be
> reversed, at least for the orca, which can predate almost any pinniped
> it can meet).