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Re: [xmca] Units of Scientiic Achievement

On 20 June 2011 15:33, Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net> wrote:

> But the metaphor Michael is calling on, Carol, as I see it is "normal
> science" is the incremental, gradual adaptation of a species to its niche,
> and remaining much the same for millions of years, and on the other hand,
> when a species is under real pressure, you get exactly the process Kuhn
> describes in science: rapid diversification and die-outs, with a distinctly
> new species species emerging at the end. It's called "punctuated evolutuion"
> isn't it?
> I find the idea of a formation perfecting itself into extinction
> attractive.

Said like a representative!  :)

Though maybe that's part of their attraction:


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