Re: MD On Faith - Improbability ?

From: Mark Steven Heyman (
Date: Tue Oct 19 2004 - 00:34:37 BST

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    Hi David,

    On 17 Oct 2004 at 14:36, David Morey wrote:

    > msh says:
    > But isn't the fossil record loaded with examples of biological false
    > starts, goofy non-viable mutations, and dead ends? (I bet Jim can
    > provide plenty of examples.

    DM: As any scientist will tell you anything in the fossil record must
    have been pretty successful at hanging around and breeding for quite
    some time to fluke a turn up in the fossil record.

    msh says:
    I was thinking of certain species of foraminifera and diatoms which
    pooped out very quickly (geologically speaking), due to an inability
    to withstand even moderate variations in water temp and salinity:
    definitely a sign of non-existent or bad planning. But this is from
    memory of two Invertebrate Paleontology courses I took back in the
    70's, which is why I framed my point as a question. But I'm pretty
    sure the guy who taught the course would qualify as a scientist.

    david advises me:
    get yourself up to date my friend and accept the limited status of
    our current knowledge and don't just repeat neo-Darwin fantasy as

    msh says:
    Will do. Thanks for the advice.

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