Re: virus: SM

David McFadzean (
Fri, 26 Sep 1997 15:05:53 -0600

At 12:08 PM 9/26/97 -0700, Marie Foster wrote:

>I have been lurking for a few days, but I have a few thoughts I would
>like to introduce respectfully into the discussion. Humans seem to have

Welcome to the fray!

>The example of "all humans have a common ancestor" is an interesting
>example but lacks clarity. The weight of scientific knowledge at this
>point in time sides with evolutionary theory. Given that assumption,
>your example may be true. There was probably a time when some people
>believed that stars were holes in the sky. I doubt if all people
>thought that. There probably even was some kind of theory advanced for
>that belief. We "know" differently today. To redefine the example to
>"all humans have a common human ancestor" is also problematic. It
>assumes that there was a moment in time when our species was "not human"
>followed by a moment when our species "became human." I am not entirely
>certain that any of us are human yet=85 :0)

I think the statement is still true even if there is no such point where
humans became human. For example, the common ancestor might be a fish or
a sponge. Right?

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus