Re: Further Evolution beyond the Human?
Paul Myers (email@example.com)
Sat, 05 Oct 1996 12:29:56 -0400
In article <32561B4A.737C@tyco.net.au>, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> I have an interesting theory on evolution to consider. It seems most
> likely that the natural process of evolution is finished, and mankind is
> the final product of that evolution. So the question remains, what
> comes next?
Ick, no, stop there. Let's dissect this paragraph, shall we?
> I have an interesting theory on evolution to consider.
Nope, sorry, this is not an interesting question. See below.
> It seems most likely that the natural process of evolution is finished,
Where ever did you get this completely wrong idea? Evolution is an ongoing
process. That's one of the important concepts generally misunderstood by
creationists, who argue that since it all happened in the past, we can't
have any proof. Wrong! Gene frequencies are changing now, new species are
forming now, old species are dying now, and evolution/natural selection
can be seen and measured right now.
> and mankind is the final product of that evolution.
Another major misconception! Where did you get this most un-biological
idea, your bible? Every species, every organism around you is the
current product of a few billion years of evolution...the e. coli in
your gut have been evolving as long as you have (actually, maybe a lot
longer if we consider generation time as the basic temporal unit of
evolution). Evolution does NOT imply any kind of teleological principle.
>So the question remains, what comes next?
<followed by a long exercise in uninformed blather, happily deleted>
Your whole premise is false, the question is irrelevant and boring, go back
to start and begin all over. Please read some real biology before you
embarass yourself by parading your ignorance again.
Paul Myers Department of Biology
email@example.com Temple University
http://fishnet.bio.temple.edu/ Philadelphia, PA 19122