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A bee society has communication, which is quite sophisticated, but it isn't true that there is an extensive division of labour in a bee community based on different individuals learning to do different things.
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A lot of social science doesn't seem to me to be terribly helpful.
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A modern gene codes for something.
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An historian might think of events like the origins of agriculture, the origin of writing, the industrial revolution, events of this kind, as having marked a major change in the organisation of human society.
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And evolutionary theory is about how that information got there in the first place.
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And I understand that Chomsky and his colleagues are working on the possibility of constructing the rules of grammar, which make some sentences grammatical and others not, in a way analogous to the rules of chemistry.
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But most people, when they think of sex, think of it as how we do it.
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Developmental biology and molecular biology look at how that information is used to build an organism.
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Genetics is a branch of science, and linguistics is a branch of the humanities, and never the twain shall meet... and all this nonsense.
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Genetics is about how information is stored and transmitted between generations.
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I do think jargon is excusable, but I do think we have to learn to talk to people without using it, and it's not easy.
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I mean we have to have the genotype that makes it possible for us to talk and to have a theory of mind and to foresee the future and so on.
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I nowadays spend my life looking at the evidence of bacteria exchanging genes. That's a kind of sexual process.
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I think I would recognize life when you have complex replicators, whether they're coding for anything or not.
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I think one of the tragedies at the moment is that almost nobody is trained both in genetics and in linguistics.
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I think we invent jargon because it saves times talking to one-another.
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If I was a young man, 18 and not 80, I'd be awfully tempted to get myself a training in both those disciplines, in linguistics and genetics.
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If you think of a human being, most of the living is done with two chromosomes (diploid), and what was once just a process of getting together on a temporary basis has now come more or less the permanent mode of existence.
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In ourselves - and all higher organisms - the new individual starts with the fusion of two gametes, two cells, which contribute more or less equal amounts of information to the individual.
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Information imposes certain criteria on how it can be stored.
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It is genetic that you can feel angry, but it is not genetic that you should feel angry with a particular thing.
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It's constantly happening, something that evolves with one function turns out to be starting point for some completely new revolution.
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Language changes very fast.
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Living things have parts which are clearly functional; they are there for something.
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Many of the enzymes needed for doing it, for cutting and splicing DNA and sticking it together, which you need for both processes are already present in the bacteria; they evolved in the bacteria.
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So one aspect of life is that it's not only complicated, but it's complicated in an adaptive way.
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So sex certainly imposes speciation upon populations.
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Societies depend on agreed rules.
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The basic idea was that, in a curious way, a lot of modern biology, most of the biology this century in my view, has really been about information.
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The crucial step in the origin of human society is the origin of language.
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The division of labour in humans, which is very striking, is based on extensive learning; you learn to be a biologists or a bus driver or whatever, your skills are culturally acquired, they depend on language.
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The evolution of sex is the hardest problem in evolutionary biology.
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The first sexual organisms there would have been no males and females, the two cells that fused would have been the same size.
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The origins of sex in animals and plants and fungi and so on is common, it goes back to the common ancestor of all those things.
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The other thing you need to make a contract, to talk to eachother, you have to know that the person you're talking to is a being like yourself.
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The other way you can define it is to say that life is any population of entities which have the properties necessary to evolve this complexity.
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The point about human beings is that they can come to a reciprocal agreement which is helpful to both parties about something that is not genetically determined, but is something to do with a new cultural invention, like smoking, or driving on the left hand side of the road.
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There are plenty of organisms today that don't have a differentiation between male and female, they just have gametes.
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They may be codified in law or they may just be culturally accepted rules of behaviour, but if we had no rules of behaviour there'd be no society.
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To make progress in the evolution and development of language we're going to have to put language and genetics together.
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Transitions would be hard work for someone without a degree in biology.
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Very early life was just the replication of molecules that could copy their structure, but didn't code for anything.
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We are attempting to make the ideas in Transitions available to a general readership.
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We no longer have to store all the information in our genes.
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We store a lot of it in books and libraries and myths and stories and we communicate it by word of mouth and by writing and animals don't do that and that's the crucial difference.
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Well I think top of almost any reading list for someone back then would have to be The Origin of Species.
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You couldn't have human society without language.
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