Friday, September 2, 2011

Interview WIth Lynn Margulis - natural selection

Natural selection is a conservative process not a creative one.

Interview WIth Lynn Margulis

And you don’t believe natural selection is the answer?
This is the problem I have with neo-Darwinists: They teach that what is generating novelty is the accumulation of random mutations in DNA, in a direction set by natural selection. If you want bigger eggs you keep selecting the hens that are laying the bigger eggs, and you get bigger and bigger eggs. But you also get hens with defective feathers and wobbly eggs. Natural selection eliminates and maybe maintains, but it doesn’t create.
and…
I was taught over and over again that the accumulation of random mutations led to evolutionary change — led to new species. I believed it until I looked for evidence. …
There is no gradualism in the fossil record… ‘Punctuated equilibrium’ was invented to describe the discontinuity. …
The critics, including the creationist critics, are right about their criticism. It’s just that they’ve got nothing to offer but intelligent design or ‘God did it.’ They have no alternatives that are scientific.
The evolutionary biologists believe the evolutionary pattern is a tree. It’s not. The evolutionary pattern is a web

1 comment:

  1. "Natural selection eliminates and maybe maintains, but it doesn’t create"
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    That also goes for adaption , breeding, and mutations. There is no evidence that one kind of animal turned into another over time. These processes can cause a variety, in humans for example, but there are no almost humans or are there ex-humans. Nothing else has come from man.
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    "The critics, including the creationist critics, are right about their criticism. It’s just that they’ve got nothing to offer but intelligent design or ‘God did it.’ They have no alternatives that are scientific."
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    What if a creator said he did create by using one life to create another? You would have the precedent that, he did at least say he used that method.
    This is explained more fully from my Patterns of Creation.found here
    http://patternsofcreation.weebly.com/

    Now many scientists say they have found history of life in studying the genes of populations over time. Would this not be similar to, programmers reusing and building programs from earlier code. Something like operating systems, that run many other programs. With the combination of intelligent breeding and creating one life from another, would that also show efficiency of design? If you are going to build many different kinds of animals, why would you start from scratch each time? This in itself supports a creator. Scientists are doing this same procedure today.

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