posted on Jan, 1 2013 @ 11:46 PM
Interesting article and information. I think many people do not appreciate the facts of the process of evolution. There seems to be this prevailing
thought that I see over and over again, although it is not true, which basically states that organisms develop some specific trait in response to
their environment. Or that specific traits are developed because they would be useful to the organism in the environment in which it dwells.
But in reality every single mutation that occurs and is subsequently passed on to the newer generations of offspring arises from a completely random
mutation. And it is important to remember that a very large percentage of all random mutations negatively affect the organism in which the change
occurs. After that, the next most common effect of a random mutation is that it does not really affect the organism's survival. And then a very small
percentage of the time that random mutation allows an organism to gain some measure of an advantage over the other organisms competing for the same
Thus this mutation, when passed on to the organism's offspring, also gives those offspring that same advantage in survival. After generations of
this, the organisms without the mutation will likely die in a larger percentage than those with the beneficial mutation, until eventually the mutation
exists across the entire population. But more often, as I mentioned earlier, the mutation has a negative affect on the organism. In this case, the
organism will likely not even live long enough to pass this negative mutation on to its offspring, thus preventing that negative mutation from
spreading through more of the population. If the organism does live long enough to pass on offspring, those offspring who inherit this disadvantage
will likely not be able to compete with the other organisms for food.
This also works with things like colors and other traits in certain animals. For instance, females of a species may have the desire to mate only with
the males who portray a certain characteristic, and any males without this trait are unlikely to pass on their genes since no females will mate with
him. This is a part of the process that occurred to give the peacock such a beautifully feathered tail. And it is so beautiful that the peacock has a
harem of multiple females, lol.
I wanted to mention all of this, even though it is only slightly relevant to the thread, because I feel that people need to understand these basic
facts if they wish to truly understand articles such as the one in the opening post. I know that you shied away from the religious aspect of the
article, and rightly so in my opinion, but I will go ahead an make a short comment on that idea. Personally I see absolutely no problem between the
existence of evolution and creationism.
I think some creationists interpret the Bible too literally, and they fail to learn what God is attempting to teach them through the advancement of
science via brilliant minds. If God chose to create life, He would have done so in any way he saw fit. So who is anyone to say that evolution is evil
or wrong, when it very well may have been chosen by God as a mechanism for life. So many aspects of our universe involve randomness, and evolution is
not any different.