18 JAN 2017 by ideonexus

 Falacy of Seeking Too Much Purpose in Evolutionary Adapta...

Darwin’s concept of evolution is centered on natural selection, or survival of the fittest [1]. Although Darwin did realize that organisms possess structures and even entire organs that might not have an extant function, as is the case of rudiments [2], on the whole, selectionist thinking has heavily dominated the biological literature ever since. In its extreme but not uncommon form, the selectionist, or adaptationist, paradigm perceives every trait as an adaptation. Under this view of bio...
Folksonomies: evolution meaning
Folksonomies: evolution meaning
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29 NOV 2016 by ideonexus

 Earthseed 1-10

1. God is Change All that you touchYou Change. All that you ChangeChanges you. The only lasting truthIs Change. GodIs Change. ∞ = Δ 2. Prodigy Prodigy is, at its essence,adaptability and persistent,positive obsession. Withoutpersistence, what remains is anenthusiasm of the moment. Withoutadaptability, what remains maybe channeled into destructivefanaticism. Without positiveobsession, there is nothing at all. ∞ = Δ 3. A gift of God A gift of GodMay sear unready fingers ∞ = Δ 4. We sha...
Folksonomies: religion earthseed
Folksonomies: religion earthseed
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24 JUN 2013 by ideonexus

 Sexual Selection is a Sheltered Feedback Loop

The worlds of academia, high fashion, religion, and modern art produce sublime wonders, and sometimes monstrous absurdities. They can afford such creative freedom because their systems of self-regulation and self-perpetuation are insulated from the mun- dane pragmatics of the outside world. Their autonomy endows them with liberty and creative power. They are free to evolve under their own momentum, along lines of their own choosing, without having to justify themselves at every step to outsid...
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Genes selecting genes.

25 APR 2012 by ideonexus

 "Adaptation" is Not Teleological

In its essence, the theory of natural selection is primarily an attempt to give an account of the probable mechanism of the origin of the adaptations of the organisms to their environment, and only secondarily an attempt to explain evolution at large. Some modem biologists seem to believe that the word 'adaptation' has teleological connotations, and should therefore be expunged from the scientific lexicon. With this we must emphatically disagree. That adaptations exist is so evident as to be ...
Folksonomies: evolution debate adaptation
Folksonomies: evolution debate adaptation
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It is not an end, neither is evolution, and this is not the best state of things there could be.