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Re: Why evolution is not just chance.
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2018, 06:20:09 AM »
There are so many independent cross-corroborating lines of evidence for evolution that I think it is fair to say that the main reason for apparently educated people to deny it is wilful ignorance.  I have no problem with uneducated people not understanding it, but no one else has any real excuse.

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Re: Why evolution is not just chance.
« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2018, 06:23:31 AM »
Well reasoned Blue.

 I am constantly flabbergasted by climate change deniers, evolution skeptics and , bible worshipers who do not know jack shit about the origin or questionable development of their book.

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Re: Why evolution is not just chance.
« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2018, 07:57:07 AM »
A comment today on facebook.



Funny thing is that the guy had not read the whole post. They later deleted their comment.
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Re: Why evolution is not just chance.
« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2018, 02:28:57 PM »
I used 6 as an example. It could have been any combination in any order. The selection pressures determine which genes (numbers) are conserved. This is a crude analogy to illustrate the effect of natural selection. Your lock analogy is incorrect as it has no selection element.

Different selection pressures favour different genes. Don't forget we are not talking about dice in reality.

Actually, you used the full set 666666 as an example, then backed off to just 6.

If 6 by itself is sufficiently advantageous, then yes, 6 by itself will be selected. That's pretty trivial.

If the unit 666666 is advantageous, it doesn't follow that an individual 6 by itself will be advantageous.

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Re: Why evolution is not just chance.
« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2018, 12:27:45 AM »
:notes:   (six factorial)   6! = 720 and 66! = 5.4 followed by 92 zeros which is  a really big number ....so where do we go with the sixes from here?

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Re: Why evolution is not just chance.
« Reply #20 on: November 15, 2018, 03:40:46 PM »
^ Numbers make my head hurt! :d'oh!:
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Re: Why evolution is not just chance.
« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2019, 08:08:29 PM »
The short answer ...

Evolution consists of the following:

[1] Generate lots of variations;
[2] Discard the failures;
[3] Build upon what is left.
Bad ideas exist to be destroyed ...