Wednesday, June 04, 2008
From the Flattened Fauna Department
After all these tragic generations—well can one of you biologists explain something to me? Why do squirrels still run halfway across the street, change their puny minds when they see you barreling down the road, then turn about and return to the side from whence they came? And then, when safe, they inevitably second guess themselves and dart back onto the street just in time to get acquainted with your Goodyear radials. Why? Where is the selection pressure for decisiveness in the squirrel population, or for just a bit of "squirrely" common sense? Could it be that suicidal squirrel behavior (SSB) is the long-sought smoking gun of irreducible complexity?