Re: virus: Dawkins is an idiot
Mon, 25 Nov 1996 19:02:41 -0600 (CST)

On Tue, 19 Nov 1996, David McFadzean wrote:

> At 08:16 PM 18/11/96 -0600, wrote:
> >On Wed, 13 Nov 1996, David McFadzean wrote:
> >> "Doing just fine" does not mean optimal. It is at a disadvantage
> >> because considerable resources are necessary to metamorph midway
> >> through life, resources that could better be spent foraging and
> >> reproducing.
> >
> >?????
> >
> >Compared to what?
> Compared to no metamorphing midway through life. The flounder
> occupies the same ecological niche as skates and rays at the
> bottom of the ocean. Skates and rays have a much more efficient
> process of growing up flat.

Cf. earlier comment about preferred environment shift for flounders with age.
I don't think that holds for rays and skates.

> >I would have to know that under a wide range of conditions [hopefully
> >including natural ones], that the direct method provides a higher
> >survival curve to reproductive age/time zone.
> We can only speculate by analogy to rays and skates since we don't
> have the technology to "fix" a flounder.

Or we could just *compute* it. [Resources are not practical *yet* for
concrete, but certainly some simple results are possible. Who has
written this up?]

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd