"WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION? ... WHY?"

2002


"How are behaviors encoded in DNA?"

Many animals have quite substantial hereditary behavior. Moreover, these behaviors are subject to evolution on fairly short time scales, so they probably have straightforward DNA encodings on which mutations can act. Mostly the behaviors seem to be sequences of actions, but perhaps there are some of the form "do X until Y is true".

John McCarthy is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University.

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