Re: That (not so) idiot Darwin

Date: Sat Jan 13 2001 - 20:48:12 MST

In a message dated 1/13/01 7:06:15 PM, writes:

>Hah! A blow for Darwin! He thanks you.
>I'm still not a creationist.

I suspected you weren't. But creationists *do* love to quote Darwin out
of context on the eye business, and they've done it so much most people,
even evolutionists, don't realize Darwin addressed the issue directly and

Darwin was a pretty sharp cookie. He certainly got some things wrong,
like the nature of heritability. But in the case of sexual selection, he
turned out to be right (that traits can be favored solely because the
other sex likes them), and biologists in general didn't accept that for
almost 100 years. The jury's still out on his origin of life (warm shallow
pond). I think he was wrong on that, but his ideas have won out over
better minds than me...

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