The Miscellaneous Transitions in Evolution

@inproceedings{McShea2011TheMT,
  title={The Miscellaneous Transitions in Evolution},
  author={Daniel W. McShea and Carl Simpson},
  year={2011}
}
In Mark Twain’s Letters from the Earth, his sardonic alter ego Puddin’head Wilson reflects that if the Eiffel Tower represented the history of the world, and the skin of paint atop the knob at the pinnacle were the portion of that history in which humans have existed, “anybody would perceive that that skin was what the tower was built for. I reckon they would, I dunno” (Twain 1962, 226). Twain was being facetious, of course, but taken at face value the remark does reflect a common intuition… CONTINUE READING

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