By John H. Campbell, J. William Schopf
This try out represents the court cases of a symposium by way of the guts for the learn of Evolution and the beginning of lifestyles on the collage of California, l. a. in March, 1993. Six best evolutionists talk about the creativity of the evolutionary method.
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3 Nicolaus Copernicus, 14731543. ) Copernican Revolution The publication in 1859 of The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin ushered in a new era in the intellectual history of mankind. Darwin is deservedly given credit for the theory of biological evolution: He accumulated evidence demonstrating that organisms evolve and discovered the process, natural selection, by which they evolve. However, the import of Darwin's discovery transcends science. The ultimate significance of Darwin's achievement is that it completed the Copernican revolution initiated three centuries earlier, and thereby radically changed our conception of the universe and the place of mankind in it.
Such genetic units gradually accumulated, eventually leading to the highly complex and efficient vertebrate eye. Natural selection can account for the rise and spread of genetic constitutions and, therefore, of types of organisms that would never have existed under the uncontrolled action of random mutation. In this sense, natural selection is a creative process, although it does not create the raw materialsthe geneson which it acts. Natural Selection as an Opportunistic Process Design Without Foresight There is an important respect in which an artist makes a poor analogy of natural selection.
Can it, then, be thought improbable, seeing that variations useful to man have undoubtedly occurred, that other variations useful in some way to each being in the great and complex battle of life, should sometimes occur in the course of thousands of generations? If such do occur, can we doubt (remembering that more individuals are born than can possibly survive) that individuals having any advantage, however slight, over others, would have the best chance of surviving and of procreating their kind?
Creative Evolution?! by John H. Campbell, J. William Schopf