RE: MD On Faith

From: Chuck Roghair (
Date: Fri Oct 08 2004 - 19:17:35 BST

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    Good Morning All:

    Platt wrote:

    >From Lila, Chap. 11:

    "Phaedrus had found a good summary of the entire matter in a Scientific
    American article by Ernst Mayr. 'Evolution is recklessly opportunistic: it
    favors any variation that provides a competitive advantage over other
    members of an organism's own population or over individuals of different
    species. For billions of years this process has automatically fueled what
    we call evolutionary progress. No program controlled or directed this
    progression. It was the result of spur of the moment decisions of natural
    selection.' "

    Evolutionary theory is based on "natural selection" which means chance
    mutations in DNA account for physical changes in organisms that in some
    cases prove to be advantageous in the environment, enhancing survival.
    Such accidental changes are then passed on to succeeding generations.
    "No program controlled or directed this progression" according to Mayr,
    speaking for the scientific view of evolution. How this evolutionary
    process that's driven by chance arose in the first place is, of course,
    never answered lest some supernatural power be admitted. :-)

    Chuck responds w/

    LILA chp 11, pg.166

    "Natural Selection is Dynamic Quality at work. There is no quarrel
    whatsoever between the Metaphysics of Quality and the Darwinian Theory of
    Evolution. Neither is there a quarrel between the Metaphysics of Quality
    and the "teleological" theories which insist that life has some purpose.
    What the Metaphysics of Quality has done is unite these opposed doctrines
    within a larger metaphysical structure that accommodates both of them
    without contradiction."

    Sometimes, you have to finish reading the chapter.

    The whole thing sounds a bit perennial to me.

    Best regards,


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