Re: Neo Darwinism

Susan B (
Mon, 11 Oct 1999 20:02:25 -0500 (CDT)

At 05:58 PM 10/11/99 +0000, you wrote:
>At 09:46 AM 10/11/1999 -0600, Susan Brassfield wrote:
>>Purpose is a religious issue. Johnson's rhetoric to one side, science does
>>not and cannot address religious issues. Evolution does not *seem* to have
>>a purpose. It appears to be completely opportunistic. If there is a purpose
>>of some kind, science cannot detect or measure it and to demand that
>>evolutionary biologists attempt to do the impossible is a waste of your and
>>their time.
>Susan, I am going to chide you on having your cake and eating it too. If
>science is unable to measure purpose, how is it that you are able to
>measure it and announce that evolution does not seem to have a purpose. By
>making that statment you seem to imply that you have found a way to measure
>purpose and its quantity is very low! Wouldn't you be better off to say, "I
>don't think it has a purpose"?

I thought I wrote "Evolution does not *seem* to have a purpose." Personally,
I don't think it has a purpose. I think life, like beauty, is its own excuse
for being. Science can't make a comment like that. For science purpose is
invisible. Saying "I can't tell if it's there or not" is not quite the same
thing as saying "its quantity is very low."

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