I think I would have to agree that Evolution
doesn't go backwards, meaning both anti-evolution
are somewhat bunk
. I don't argue that human kind
might be losing some of it's "virtues
", or at least those things previously seen as its virtues
. But, to say evolution is working backwards denies what evolution is.
Evolution: that process which develops, alters, and terminates species based on their reproductive success and genetic shifts(i.e. natural selection).
(definition taken from my "society killed evolution" WU)
works is to give a higher market share
, so to say, to a species
which fits its niche
. Meaning, when the niche
changes, -- when pollution
rise, other species
die, or technology
is born, those species which are adapted
to the new
environment will survive, reproduce more, and fill the gene pool
And relatedly, when humans no longer need to have perfect eye-sight to survive, evolution will no longer select for vision. This doesn't mean, though, that the human species has devolved or experienced anti-evolution. It simply means that evolution no longer chose for that characteristic.
It is important to remember that Evolution has no long-term memory : it simply wants, if my anthropomorphism will be excused, to aid immediate survival. This is also the reason why the human brain can't really understand itself -- that was not necessary for survival, or why people have a tendency to be short-sighted -- the tiger around the corner is, in the eyes of evolution, more dangerous than the Global Warming a 100 years down the road.
Reply to No_comply's revamped WU:
Anti-Evolution is a state that a species will enter when it reaches a level of advancement sufficient to over rule the laws of natural selection and survival of the fittest. This is the state that the population of humans has reached.
I fear I can still not agree with this. First, to say that we break the laws
of nature, requires us to re-examine whether or not they are laws. Personally, I think they hold. Despite the fact that we have technology
, we continue to be mortal beings
who feel these processes (i.e. evolution
I don't know if I made it fully clear, but our technology does not remove us from the evolutionary loop rather it itself becomes part of our system. Evolution is the system. There's no stepping outside of it.
This definition of evolution as system might be a little loose, but I firmly believe that evolution is present at every level, and despite what "advancements" are made, it will be present. In an altered form perhaps, but there nonetheless.
One other point:
Evolution implies advancement. As defined by webster evolution is the opposite of involution which implies the loss of traits.
First, we need a solid definition
. In the biological sense
, this is reversed. Advancement implies evolution.
There is no other measurement that can be used other than the change of the species
. (If the argument is that there is no change to the species, remember: evolution takes time - you'll be dead.
And, if the measurement of advancement here is supposed to be based on technology, biologically that's non-sensical. Anthropologically, perhaps. But, not biologically.
Lastly, Evolution= ~involution. Involution= loss of traits. Anti-Evolution= ~(~loss of traits). Anti-evolution= loss of traits. Have we lost traits? And even if we did lose traits, would that imply a "backwards" direction? We're losing our molars and our appendix at the moment (As you read!), is that anti-evolution, or evolution?
I'll stick with evolution.