Explaining natural wonders (Animals)

by dhw, Monday, September 19, 2016, 13:22 (1472 days ago) @ David Turell

DAVID: My concept totally differs: a new species has new parts or new mechanisms which are coordinated. This must be planned in advance.

dhw: Of course new species have new parts or mechanisms that are coordinated. No difference between our concepts. “Planned in advance” requires explanation. In advance of what?

DAVID: How are new parts coordinated unless planned in advance of them being put into play as modified organisms.

I pointed out that if innovations are triggered by environmental change, they can only take place as a response to that change and not in advance of it. Nobody knows how the mechanism works, but now you expect me to know. You claim that God has placed instructions for every innovation to be handed down by the first cells (other than dabblings). How does that work? Has anybody found the divine computer programme for every innovation and natural wonder? I suggest that organisms respond inventively to environmental change, just as we know they respond adaptively. If I knew how they worked things out, even the Nobel Prize wouldn't be a big enough reward.

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