autonomy v. automaticity (Evolution)

by David Turell @, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 17:33 (550 days ago) @ dhw

dhw:In my opinion, there is no connection whatsoever between the vast majority of innovations (e.g. wings), lifestyles (e.g. the monarch butterfly’s life cycle and migration) natural wonders (e.g. the weaverbird’s nest) extant and extinct, and the development of Homo sapiens' brain. Since the balance of nature has constantly changed throughout the history of life, and there has always been and will always be some kind of balance of nature with or without humans, it is totally irrelevant to your anthropocentric interpretation of evolution.


We may as well include this post here:
Balance of Nature: Loss of species may bring extinction.

QUOTE: "New research shows that the loss of biodiversity can increase the risk of "extinction cascades", where an initial species loss leads to a domino effect of further extinctions.

Sorry, but I find this blindingly obvious.

DAVID’s comment: this is full support for my contention that maintaining balance of nature is of prime importance. I've presented all of this before but this is a forceful presentation of an extremely important concept.

dhw: If we wish to maintain the current balance of nature, then maintaining the current balance of nature is of prime importance. Otherwise we'll have a different balance of nature. Nothing controversial about that contention. By all means open a new thread on ecology, but please stop pretending that it has anything to do with – let alone supports - your anthropocentric interpretation of evolution.

You've simply described evolution in your first comment and agreed that balance of nature has continued naturally throughout evolution. Of course they are intimately related and humans arrived at the pinnacle. Try accepting it at face value. it is an obvious anthropocentric story.

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