More "miscellany" (General)

by David Turell @, Friday, November 19, 2021, 16:15 (15 days ago) @ dhw

Survival

dhw: You believe that your God operated on pre-whales in advance, to give them flippers instead of legs, and then he let them go into the water. Even in your theory, what was the purpose of giving them flippers? As you say, to prepare them for future survival. If the innovation is a preparation for survival, how can you then argue that the innovation is not driven by the need for the organism to survive?

DAVID: Again backward. Organisms must survive in evolution to produce the next stage, so design for survival is required as part of the new design. Survival does not drive the need for a new design as God designs evolution.

dhw: The next stage IS the new species, which results from the changes in the anatomy which have been designed to improve the organism’s chances of survival. Whether God does the designing in ADVANCE of environmental change, or the cell communities do it in RESPONSE to environmental change, makes no difference. In both cases, the purpose of the flippers is to improve chances of survival. I would suggest that the purpose is what drives any action. Wouldn’t you?

Whose purpose is what is at issue. I see God's purpose in creating new species. Survival is simply a requirement for God to solve.


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