Last edited by abachler; 03-05-2008 at 01:21 PM.
it is a most thought provoking work by a big academic hitter, and controversial at publication. the author also writes code including the evolutionary model 'The Blind Watchmaker'.
That text is so outdated, Im surprised people still read it. But then there is another far older text that is full of outdated info that people still read, so I guess its human nature to believe in what you want, not in what is.
But jebus! Almost everything you say is so incredibly stupid, the selfish gene in me forces me to reply.
You have the slightest idea how incredibly ignorant that statement of yours is? I mean, c'mon! By the same account Darwin's theory of evolution is a fossil everybody should burn in the fireplace.
The book in question is to this date one of the most read books in the subject. It keeps providing grounds for lots of debate and it's, despite one agreeing or not with its contents, a center piece in the contribution to the human knowledge of evolution.
Originally Posted by brewbuck:
Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.
I have to agree, what a foolish comment that was, and reflecting MarioF's comment the author himself freely admits to publishing the work 'warts and all' in the foreword of late editions (If abalacher had read it perhaps he would know that) and heavily references entries with new work and research and thoughts on the opinions, which gives a great view on how the authors views have 'evolved' or remained static on some of his own argumentsThat text is so outdated, Im surprised people still read it. But then there is another far older text that is full of outdated info that people still read, so I guess its human nature to believe in what you want, not in what is.
You are mistaken. I read the book not long after it was originally published.