MadSci Network: Neuroscience

Re: stanislaw lem's 'formula lymphatera'

Date: Sat Jun 30 09:15:37 2001
Posted By: Jeffrey Utz, M.D., Neuroscience, pediatrics, Allegheny University
Area of science: Neuroscience
ID: 993242152.Ns

Think how fast society is changing. In the 1970s when I grew up, there 
were not even video games. Pin-ball machines were the most advanced things. 
Calculators were hundreds of dollars. Now, less than 30 years later, we 
have fast personal computers, the web and cell phones. I guess one 
interpretation of the book is that the ants in the story are really like 
humans in their ability to adapt.

As far as conputers being able to adapt like that, there are some research 
programs for that, but I do not think they have gotten that far.

I cannot tell what the author's intentions were. It may have just been an 
interesting story the author wanted to tell. Or it may have been a warning.

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