Purpose and design (Evolution)

by Balance_Maintained @, U.S.A., Thursday, April 27, 2017, 05:33 (844 days ago) @ David Turell

DAVID: I don't expect you to agree. Everything we see is designed to produce life which resulted in humans. The result speaks for itself.

dhw: It also resulted in dinosaurs, which went extinct, and in the duckbilled platypus, which is still here, and in countless other life forms, lifestyles and natural wonders extinct and extant. If the result spoke for itself, there would be no disagreement. But perhaps you would clarify whether there is or is not a shift in your thinking. Do you now regard humans as A major purpose or as THE only purpose?

Tony: You ever wonder if some things, like the duckbilled platypus, are here to simply remind us how ignorant we are? I mean, it defies all classifications and yet we still cling to our classifications as if they actually have some meaning.

David: Our classifications, based on phenotype, are all out whack. We are not that ignorant as we work to classify by DNA analysis of relationships.

Oh, I don't know about all that. They keep finding things that turn that class system on it's ear too.

What is the purpose of living? How about, 'to reduce needless suffering. It seems to me to be a worthy purpose.

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