Re: Especially for Bertvan

Susan B (
Mon, 11 Oct 1999 19:50:11 -0500 (CDT)

At 10:19 AM 10/9/99 EDT, you wrote:
>>I will concede that when coming up with just-so stories, the
>>explanatory power of RM&NS is well known. Different strokes
>>for different folks.
>>there is no supporting evidence for any of the events in Kipling's "Just So
>>Stories." The history of life has lefts its traces for us to examine.

>Yes, but the traces of evolution are not evidence of natural selection.
>Don't confuse evolution with its mechanism.

don't worry about me on that score :-)

Obviously we can't observe natural selection in process in the past, though
we can certainly infer it from the examples of evolution we have. Or are we
supposed to believe that natural selection only started working in 1859? And
before that it didn't happen? It has certainly been observed to be occuring
today and there's no particular reason I can think of to believe that it
*only* happens when we are watching and taking notes.

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