From: "Tony Ellis"
Subject: Re: (urth) Liev's Postpostulate Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 18:40:40 +0100 Adam Stephanides wrote: >I think you're right, though, that there must be a larger reason why Victor >cites Dollo's law. I'd suggest that it's connected to his statements that >he is an animal and does not really speak: having raised (he thinks) as an >animal, he now cannot become a human, but can only imitate a human. That's Nurture. The law he is citing concerns Nature, or heredity. > But in any > case, I don't think he's referring to the evolution of the Annese' hands. Neither do I. He's talking about why he could never write when he held a pen properly. I think he is either citing Dollo's Law as an analogy for what has happened, i.e.: 'just as an organ can atrophy during evolution, so can a higher, human, capability', or the 'organ' he is thinking of is the human brain (or some tool-coordinating part thereof). Either way, having spent the best part of a page begging the question 'why can't I write when I hold a pen conventionally?' Victor concludes with a law which specifically concerns evolution. Of the spot-the-alien theme: >It's a key theme on this list; I'm not convinced it's a key theme in the >book itself. In the story we are discussing it is precisely what Marsch has come to St Anne to do. --