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Is this the creationist view on Darwin's theory?

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posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 05:13 PM
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Our dear member B.A.C (a creationist) says that Darwin proposed that acquired characteristics are inherited. You can read about it here

Do you agree with B.A.C? Is that what Darwin proposed?




posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 10:22 PM
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Well, on the one hand he is right. Darwin made an initial proposal, part of which (the framework of natural selection) was brilliant and has only shown to appear in ever-more locations (from the stock market to African plains), and part of which was wrong. He had this idea that somehow ancestors of a species found a way to change, but he didn't have knowledge of genes or DNA. I believe he acknowledged that as a weakness of his initial model.

Some people have used this to try to topple all of evolutionary theory. This strikes me as being like saying that because Newton believed in Alchemy, all work built on his discoveries in calculus, optics and gravity should be thrown out. Darwin got some things wrong. So??? The point is the heart of his work proved, and continues to be proved, correct.

Darwin was a scientist, and science progresses, meaning old chapters get thrown out but the new chapters are heavily indebted to exploration that turned out to be incorrect.



posted on Mar, 12 2009 @ 01:52 AM
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Hah.

Actually, Lamarck proposed that acquired traits are inherited. As bizarre as it is, according to a newly emerging field called epigenetics, this is in a sense correct. Not in the way Lamarck proposed, but genes can be "switched" on and off during an organisms life and these genes will be expressed the same way in their offspring.

Obviously I'm not an expert on epigenetics (apologies if I butchered any of that), but I'd encourage everyone to read up on it more.



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