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Did a God Use Evolution to Design the Species?

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    It is easy to agree that the post hoc repair of theism to include evolution seems like a kludge. It is more difficult to accept that the process of evolutionary progress would be something a deity might subtend or scoff at. I subscribe to the idea (it might be attributable to Tom Ray) that ecosystems produce novel complexity by “searching” through successions of generations shaping each other and tending to use the prior adaptations to contend with resurrected pressures in such a way that the “red queen effect” pushes the constituent species toward novel adaptations. Because novel adaptations are likely to have a competitive advantage or “surprise effect” over prior adaptations (which a competitor might have already adapted to) a species that can carry a comprehensive record of prior adaptations while retaining the mutation agility to continue to adapt will likely enjoy a competitive advantage. Anywho, the point is that if you wanted to create an extremely flexible system which could deal with lots of lateral pressures in a largely predigested way genetic evolution would be just as reasonable of a solution as anything else.

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