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To: dmz
Cave-dwelling salamanders with no eyes are an example of devolution, I would think. The "starting point" is a fully functional salamander. How that came to exist is an interesting question. However, once you start there, it should not be all that odd to lose some capability if it is not needed. Over time, the salamanders lose their eyes. Fine.

The anemone is like that too. The starting point is complex and has a variety of highly complex genes. Other creatures seem to come later and we're finding that in some cases they are less complex, and have less capability. They are simpler than the anemone.

Question: How does life start off complex? The classic theory is that natural selection leads to new features in order to assist in adapting to environmental changes. Here we have a starting point with capabilities that can be used, but which are discarded when they are not needed.

It fits more with an Intelligent Design approach better than a natural selection model, I think. It's a bit like showing up at the work site with a complete tool-box. You may decide that all you need is a hammer, but you hit the ground ready for multiple challenges. That's a sign of Intelligence.

25 posted on 07/06/2007 11:49:31 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Progressives like to keep doing the things that didn't work in the past.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Here we have a starting point with capabilities that can be used, but which are discarded when they are not needed.

I understand what you are trying to say, but actually, you are supporting the theories from the other side of the debate.

32 posted on 07/06/2007 11:55:38 AM PDT by Hunble (Islam is God's punishment!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Question: How does life start off complex?

If you study language, it works the same way, started off very complex yet uniform, the devolves.

Homeric Greek - Very complex
Koinie Greek - Less complex
Modern Greek - dumbed down, all prepositions

This is the same for all languages, save one, Hebrew.
76 posted on 07/06/2007 1:19:39 PM PDT by Scythian
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