Bullschwa. Ever breed animals to enhance a pre-existing trait? It works
in significantly less time than evolutionary processes do. You end up
with extremely inbred animals with exactly the traits you were selecting
for. The lottery was not the only method of breeding-coercion used.
Furthermore, since the idea of "luck" destroys linear causality, you have
to deal with the fact which Louis Wu used to drive the Hindmost (or was it
Nessus?) catatonic for a while: the puppeteers were only the tools of
the incredible LUCK of the n-th generation result of the breeding program.
They exist because it would be tremendously UNLUCKY for them not to exist.
Evolution is a probabilistic process. We're talking here about a trait
that feeds back on that probability.
So maybe it has been, and humans are already very, very lucky. The
Birthrite Lotteries just provide a convenient handle for recognising
exceptionallly lucky humans.
If you take a risk and fail it doesn't necessarily mean that
you made a mistake. -- David desJardins
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