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Random evolution?

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Evolution: rationality vs randomness
An M.I.T. trained scientist takes a look at Darwin, the fossil record, and the likelihood of random evolution.

by Dr. Gerald Schroeder At the basis of the theory of neo-Darwinian evolution lie two basic assumptions: that changes in morphologies are induced by random mutations on the genome, and that these changes in the morphology of plant or animal make the life form either more or less successful in the competition to survive. With nature doing the selection, evolutionists claim to remove the theory of evolution from that of a random process. We are told that the selection is in no way random. It is a function of the environment. The randomness, however, remains as the basic driving force that produces the varied mutations from among which the selection by survival takes place.

The question is: Can random mutations produce the evolution of life?

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