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Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 14:58:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jerry Friedman 
Subject: Re: (urth) Liev's Postpostulate

--- Andy Robertson  wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jeff Wilson" <
> > > Possibly they were an ancient human colony or abductee group that
> went
> > > through a evolutionary bottleneck.   Or possibly Victor merely
> believes
> > > this.
> >
> > But Dollo's law is crap; it's violated by marine mammals, and moths
> that
> > alight on trees in once-polluted areas.
> >
> No, it's not crap, but like most things about biology it is a rule
> rather
> than a law.   But of course this is significant for what it tells us
> about
> Victor's assumptions, not the ficticious real biology of Saint Anne

Indeed, Victor could be telling us the story of his own writing
career: for some reason he lost the opportunity to write the normal
way, and once he learned to hold the pen the wrong way, he could
never regain the normal function.

Jerry Friedman

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