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Mike Summers

The Question Is...

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The question is; can a random process and natural selection provide enough small steps` in the right direction needed to result in the evolution of a dinosaur to a bird?


I think most of us agree that any complexity can be broken down into numerous small steps. But, as in buillding anything made up of smaller sub--assemblys, those small steps must be headed in one ditrection--a goal. In this example birdom!


OK! OK! Evo is not supposed to have a goal. But what do evos parade before us--a bird (that allegedly evolved from aa dinosaur). Our minds observes the dinosaur and the bird and then our imagination fills in the steps in between. Since we have convinced oureselves that is what happened

our mind creates toughts that jusify such a conclusion. Hence, another just so story is born.


As a result of this setup, we imagine a bunch of small steps morphing the dinosaur to a bird! It makes sense that a bunch of small steps could do what is claimed. The thing is our creative mind imagines it that way. Consequently, we suspend disbelief as we do when we watch a fictional motion picture.


But, the question remains, can a random process (an oxymoron) really provide enough steps in the same diretion in the time alloted to cause a dinosaur to evolve into a bird?


We seldom wonder why no other animals have evolved from the dinosaur. Do you know of any? It appears a bird decended straight line with no forks to produce other

type animals. That's the way it seems to me.


What random process do we know can make anything specific?

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