Re: That (not so) idiot Darwin

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Mon Jan 15 2001 - 09:17:25 MST

Frankly I fail to see what all this debating about Darwin has to do with
Extropy. Its of even less use than the great dreaded G*ns topic. At
least with one in your pocket you can be more extropic. Being a
creationist is decidedly entropic and doesn't belong on this list. Its
like being a communist reporter at the Wall Street Journal or an oil
futures analyst at the Sierra Club. wrote:
> 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
> well.
> 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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