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#natural selection

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It was a shock to people of the nineteenth century when they discovered, from observations science had made, that many features of the biological world could be ascribed to the elegant principle of natural selection.


Michael Behe


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Darwin's idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable because it reverses the direction of tradition.


Daniel Dennett


#darwin #direction #idea #makes #natural

It is a shock to us in the twentieth century to discover, from observations science has made, that the fundamental mechanisms of life cannot be ascribed to natural selection, and therefore were designed. But we must deal with our shock as best we can and go on.


Michael Behe


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Since natural selection requires a function to select, an irreducibly complex biological system, if there is such a thing, would have to arise as an integrated unit for natural selection to have anything to act on.


Michael Behe


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Natural selection is anything but random.


Richard Dawkins


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Design can never be an ultimate explanation for anything. It can only be a proximate explanation. A plane or a car is explained by a designer but that's because the designer himself, the engineer, is explained by natural selection.


Richard Dawkins


#because #car #design #designer #engineer

Natural selection is a mechanism for generating an exceedingly high degree of improbability.


Ronald Fisher


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Natural selection is not evolution.


Ronald Fisher


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My own field of paleontology has strongly challenged the Darwinian premise that life's major transformations can be explained by adding up, through the immensity of geological time, the successive tiny changes produced generation after generation by natural selection.


Stephen Jay Gould


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It is essential for genetic material to be able to make exact copies of itself; otherwise growth would produce disorder, life could not originate, and favourable forms would not be perpetuated by natural selection.


Maurice Wilkins


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