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Old 04-18-2017, 01:23 PM
Riemann Riemann is offline
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Is there any conceivable way that a self-aware being could arise in any universe except through natural selection?

Thus, to restate SamuelA's requirements slightly differently: in addition to suffiient basic stability, we need a mechanism for reproduction and heredity (variation is also required, but that's almost inevitable).

The actual mechanisms for reproduction and heredity could be beyond our wildest imagination, but I think they must exist in some form. What alternative is there?

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