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October 16, 2006

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This is highly aunaogols to biology. Biological organisms do the right thing for their reproduction (frequently, anyway) not because they understand what would accomplish this goal, but because genes that produce the right effects by arbitrary biochemical processes have become dominant in the population through evolution. It doesn't matter *why* a salesman pursues a particular strategy if successful salesmen keep their strategies while unsuccessful ones quit or change, then salesmen will tend to do things that help them sell whether or not they understand why. Indeed, when the right things involve deception, coupling incorrect beliefs with correct action could be actively beneficial by freeing the actor from worrying about getting caught.

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