08 JAN 2013 by ideonexus

 The Danger of Teleological Accounts of Evolution

It's important to remember that arguments over evolutionary mechanisms often depend on the deeply held convictions of evolutionary biologists—after all, biologists are people, too! Almost everyone is reluctant to let go of deeply held convictions. Many biologists, in particular, are still attracted to teleological accounts of evolution. Teleology is the idea that all activities tend toward the achievement of some sort of goal. "Everything as to its purpose" is the undercurrent of teleology,...
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The idea that evolution has a purpose and that natural selection works efficiently are erroneous.