Natures wonders: trees induce ants to protect them (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Sunday, September 24, 2017, 14:53 (850 days ago) @ dhw

dhw: In other words, it is obvious that organisms have the autonomous ability to make changes to themselves, without any instructions or interventions from your God (though he may have given them that ability in the first place). Thank you. The only remaining – but also leading – question, then, is the extent to which this autonomous ability can produce its own adaptations and innovations.

DAVID: We know they adapt but remain the same species. We do not know if this can lead to speciation. It appears not.

dhw: When I say we do not know the extent to which this autonomous mechanism can produce its own adaptations and innovations, I mean we do not know if it can lead to speciation. That is the leading question. And that is why this explanation of speciation is a hypothesis. “It appears not” is totally gratuitous. Nobody knows how speciation (broad sense, as opposed to different species of finch, dog etc.) has occurred.

We see species, therefore, speciation occurred. Some of us believe God did it.

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