Re: god makes hubeyPhil Nicholls (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sun, 19 Nov 1995 19:16:46 GMT
email@example.com (H. M. Hubey) raged:
>firstname.lastname@example.org (Phil Nicholls) writes:
>>Alex is not claiming that evolution goes nowhere or has no direction.
>He is, but it doesn't matter. I can argue against both :-)
I have no doubt that you can.
>>However, evolution has no pre-set goal.
Neoteny is one example of a phenomena known as heterochrony. The
Now, please explain what this has to do with determinism in evolution.
>Why do baby chimps look more like humans?
The explanation generally invoked is neoteny.
>What is in our future?
No one knows except that like all species we will probably become
>Is it more like those in sci-fi movies with big heads and big eyes?
Why would it be?
>Evolution is not driven
>Words are inadequate to explain some concepts. Evolution refers
>For you to anthromorphize a concept, and call it "a goal" is
>The whole thing is a straw-man argument. Deterministic things happen
>YOu seem to keep thinking that somehow you still got creationists
>>less than 30,000 years. Life has been on this planet for 3.5 billion
>I've done it. :-)
>>One of Stephen Jay Gould's favorite metaphors is the film "It's a
>Look, this is all silly. If Newton had not lived, would the laws
>See, it doesn't make much difference in that way. It would have
> Regards, Mark
Phil Nicholls email@example.com