Evolution and humans: Earth's environmental role (Evolution)

by dhw, Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 13:36 (2639 days ago) @ David Turell

QUOTE: "Maslin also provides a fine overview of the evolution of evolutionary thinking over the past 150 years, to the point where we now see it less as an orderly march towards an inevitable Homo sapiens and more of a random stumble to now. He is clear that while the appearance of a smart, tool-using primate is no major surprise, the presence of this particular smart, tool-using primate, arising as a result of that exact evolutionary trajectory, owes much more to chance and contingency than previous popular perspectives allowed.(My bold)

DAVID’s comment: As the Earth evolved so did we. God uses evolutionary processes.

dhw: Once again, thank you for an interesting article, and my compliments to you on your integrity in reproducing conclusions directly opposite to your own.

DAVID: You are mistaken about my conclusions. The author refers to chance and contingency in his interpretation, which I reject, but the key point of the article is that as the Earth evolved so did human development. That is why I presented it.

If he concludes that chance and contingency are decisive factors and you conclude that God did it, I can't see how your conclusions are NOT opposite. The fact that the Earth evolved and humans also evolved doesn't change the argument, since both of you believe in evolution.

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