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Darwin's answer to intelligent design

An excerpt from a book by John Dewey.

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comment 24.Feb.2005 15:06

me

I think the invention of religion was an outcome of evolution...

This, Too 24.Feb.2005 15:07

Roland

In the Introduction to his "The Descent of Man," Darwin also wrote, "It has often and confidently been asserted, that man's origin can never be known: but ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science."

A comment on a comment 24.Feb.2005 15:31

just some guy

I am not so sure it wasn't DEvolution

LaMarck 24.Feb.2005 19:36

yup

LaMarck was outvoted in favor of Darwin, nevertheless bacteria change in one generation as a result of stress. Take the toxic E. Coli that picked up a gene from Shigella. Viruses and bacteria have been doing their thing for awhile. A new theory about introns or junk DNA, states that viruses come in and exploit DNA replication and then get out. If they don't get out, they get censored during transcription into the cytoplasm. If this theory survives testing, then there exists a mechanism for speeding up evolution. Occasionally, one of those virus critters makes something useful, then it gets turned into a gene and expressed in the cytoplasm. Intelligent design was just religious people's answer to punctuated equilibrium, which still remains the consensus opinion for gaps in human evolution. It really is all irrelevant if you consider time, because dating is based upon measurement of time from within time. Scientists may have the sequence right, but how can they objectively prove that time moves at a constant?

Evolutionary Bursts 25.Feb.2005 14:50

Somebody else...



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