Re: [asa] Darwin only biological evolution? (can anything exist without evolution?)

From: John Burgeson (ASA member) <>
Date: Thu Jan 15 2009 - 11:09:42 EST

On 1/15/09, Alexanian, Moorad <> wrote:
> Bernie challenges us with, "show me something existing that hasn't evolved."
> If life is indeed an evolved state from the nonliving, then why must death
> accompany the occurrence of life? Why would two simultaneous clearly
> opposing occurrences, life and death, represent the evolution from the same
> previous states of existence? Biological death cannot be a form of evolution
> as David surmises.

Moorad is correct, IMHO. "Evolution" generally refers to colonies of
organisms changing over time, morphing, at least in part, into new
colonies of different organisms. I can see no reason to extend this
concept to Moorad dropping a glass -- or even a tray of glasses! Used
in sucha way, "evolution" simply describes everything -- and is no
longer a useful word.

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