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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 10 2010,11:26   

Quote (carlsonjok @ Jan. 10 2010,08:46)
Any bets on how long it will be before someone in the IDC movement quote-mines [URL=http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2010/01/stephen-hawking-the-human-species-has-entered-a-new-stage-of-evolution-the-daily-galaxy-to

p-story-of.html]this article[/URL] about Stephen Hawking?

Money shot (with quote mine material bolded):
 
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"By contrast," Hawking says, "there are about 50,000 new books published in the English language each year, containing of the order of a hundred billion bits of information. Of course, the great majority of this information is garbage, and no use to any form of life. But, even so, the rate at which useful information can be added is millions, if not billions, higher than with DNA."

This means Hawking says that we have entered a new phase of evolution. "At first, evolution proceeded by natural selection, from random mutations. This Darwinian phase, lasted about three and a half billion years, and produced us, beings who developed language, to exchange information."

But what distinguishes us from our cave man ancestors is the knowledge that we have accumulated over the last ten thousand years, and particularly, Hawking points out, over the last three hundred.

"I think it is legitimate to take a broader view, and include externally transmitted information, as well as DNA, in the evolution of the human race," Hawking said.

already been done out here in the land of enchantment.  don't know where the IDiota got his cut and paste from, but it showed up on topix a few months ago.

  
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