I've been thinking about evolution, and it has occurred to me that there are 3 problems with it. 1.) evolution by definition is a reactionary process, so how can it look forward - eg how can we as…Continue
"I am not sure why I am saying this since Mr. James is apparently gone, but I feel the need to say it anyway. I will not think ill thoughts towards him because of this discussion. I am grateful for the understanding I have about…"
"What you are getting at seems to be the question, "where did our ability to imagine come from?" After all, that's what we are doing when we ask the question: what if this happened? We are imagining a possible scenario. The problem is…"
"It appears from archaeopteryx's reply that I have outstayed my welcome, so I will bid you all adieu. Thank you for you comments and explanations. I will read the books you've suggested over the Christmas break - between I hope a good…"
"I'm not sure if I understand your 'what if' question properly. Are you asking how species with the ability to ask 'what if?' could arise in a blind process like evolution; or are you asking how the process of evolution…"
"Progressive based on what - previous results of natural selection with large amounts of time, environment and error thrown in - it's still a reaction to what has gone before - it still doesn't have the ability to look forward and speculate."
"I must protest this; it's not a dichotomy between "religious" and "understanding of evolution"; it's quite possible to be both, and it's certainly possible to be neither. I've run into many an atheist…"
"1.) evolution by definition is a reactionary process, so how can it look forward - eg how can we as end results of the process ask "what if?"
No, it's not "reactive." There is nothing reacting to anything. It's a…"
"It is a journey Ed, and the more I learn the more my mind is becoming freerer and challenged. And it's great. I'll never stop reading and exploring - have you every read any of Francis Schaeffer's work? I haven't for a long time,…"
"Well, that's unlikely, but if it does happen, all things shall pass eventually, anyway. Sooner or later, what difference does it make? Once we're gone, we're gone. By a million years from now, we'll be gone no matter what and no…"
"The paper by Crick is very interesting, but while he builds a very good case for anticipation / instinct - what he calls the on-line system of seeing based on essentially a combination of training and experience - see the sports examples - and…"
"Well, if you want to get technical... Biology at it's fundamental level is chemistry which at its fundamental level is physics, which is really just applied math. The point I was trying to make is that understanding what is happening at the…"