To: CarolinaGuitarman; jec41
While the idea of the transmutation of species was not new with Darwin, his presentation and explanation for the causative agent (Natural selection) WAS new.
Interestingly enough, Linnaeus was led to the conclusion that species aren't fixed.
Was Linnaeus an evolutionist? It is true that he abandoned his earlier belief in the fixity of species, and it is true that hybridization has produced new species of plants, and in some cases of animals. Yet to Linnaeus, the process of generating new species was not open-ended and unlimited.
Was Linnaeus an evolutionist?
I don't know but I am limited to what I can remember from study 35 years ago. The debate is the same but names, agenda, speculation, and concepts have changed. ID, regardless of denial would seem to be a religious agenda. Someone once said that if you are not smart enough to have a profession be a politician. If you can't succeed politically become a preacher and you only have to repeat the same thing over and over.
posted on 12/05/2005 2:10:04 PM PST
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