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Reciprocating Bill

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 29 2008,21:54   

Quote (Daniel Smith @ Dec. 29 2008,19:53)

If, in fact, God has done the front-loading, then the 'supernatural' part of the mechanism would only apply to the original front-loading. The rest of it - its workings throughout history - would be mechanical and detectable.

Without the supernatural component you have no explanation.
Also, I don't think front-loading requires all the information you seem to think it does. It could work something like the immune system - which is constantly throwing new variations out there in the hope that one will "stick". Judging from the large percentage of extinctions throughout history, I'd say such a scenario is likely. If you read Schindewolf's book on paleontology, you'll see that he detected patterns of spontaneous adaptive radiation in the fossil record, (followed by slow, patterned evolution, which eventually resulted in over-specialization and extinction). The impression I got (of the spontaneous adaptive radiations) was one of a farmer throwing out seed in a field just to see what came up. The immune system works in a similar fashion.

Essentially you are describing selection. Take that last step to natural selection and you are home:

"It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with Reproduction; inheritance which is almost implied by reproduction; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the external conditions of life, and from use and disuse; a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for Life, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of less-improved forms. Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved." - Charles Darwin

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