Sunday, 26 February 2017
-SM Stirling, Dies The Fire (New York, 2005), p. 406.
Flexibility is always an advantage. Poul Anderson argued (see here) that natural selection moves in two directions:
highly specialized organisms that become extinct when their environment changes;
sensitive and alert organisms able to learn and to adapt their behavior to changed conditions.
The latter can become cooperative, linguistic and intelligent. Therefore, Anderson argues that intelligence is common throughout the universe. Meanwhile, we must become and remain mentally flexible. Ditch dogmatism. Theory is grey; life is green.