On 9/30/2012 8:39 AM, Roger Clough wrote:
Only life evolves, and steel claws, being made of steel, are not alive,
at least in the ordinary sense (Leibniz believed that everything in
the universe is alive). So what you propose couldn't happen.
The unstated assumption here is that organism are defined by the
bounding surface of their skin, anything 'outside' of that is being
assumed to not be part of them. It is not hard to knock down this idea
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