Re: virus: PSR

Brett Lane Robertson (
Wed, 05 Nov 1997 12:54:55 -0500

At 07:32 AM 11/5/97 -0500, you wrote:
>>PSR (proof for sufficient reason) is an argument by Liebnez
>>which states that if something is proposed then sufficient reason for it's
>>proposal is all that is needed as proof of it's existence
>Need we go any further in our quest for the futility of philosophy?
> Wade T. Smith


Wade is impatient. He stopped before seeing where this reasoning led. The
memetic equation was: chance recombination <x> ordered recombination
(perhaps an acceptable *variation* of the above "philosophy" (and, honestly,
it is not a philosophy but a "formal proof" or logical argument...not
something like "Republicans Rule" which one can either accept as a
*philosophy* or reject).

I say that the above sounds like "survival of the fittest". If something
happens by chance then an environmental selector is all that is needed for
its survival (the above restated in genetic terms). I will admit that it is
a poor philosophy, like "survival of the fittest" is a poor philosophy. But
so is "chance" a poor reason for evolution...yet is is *sufficient* reason?

Need we go further? Yes!



It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing
about the problem.