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80 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 02 November 2007 06:57AM

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Comment author: poke 02 November 2007 10:02:27PM 1 point [-]

I was nodding in agreement up until the end there. "Evolution is bodiless"? "Evolution" describes certain features of a physical process, a chemical process specifically, stretching from the beginning of life until the present day. The entire ecosystem of the Earth is, at any given moment, a time slice of this single chemical process. It isn't abstract in the least. Various sorts of selection are abstract but only in the sense that they describe aspects of this chemical process at a high level.