RE: Just for Bertvan

Pim van Meurs (
Sat, 2 Oct 1999 11:07:24 -0700

Bertvan Yet, after centuries of selective breeding of dogs, nothing has been porduced but
different shaped dogs.

Of course that was the intent of the breeding.

Bertvan: After bombarding fruit flies with radiation for a century, nothing has been produced but some deformed fruit flies.

Again what was the intent of these experiments?

I say let's forget "random mutation and natural selection" and try to figure what
really might have happened.

ROTFL. Let's dismiss the best explanation of the observations and replace them with something that lacks totally in supporting data?

In my opinion there are several possibilities.
Horizontal transfer of DNA, as is being pursued by panspermia. Some kind of
symbiosis, as is favored by Margulus. Or the possibility that DNA itself is
alive and creative, as is being pursued by Shapiro. None of these
possibilities could be construed as Neo Darwinism.