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(Permalink) Posted: April 09 2007,16:42   

Common descent: the notion that there is a continuity in the species (all or part of them), in the sense that one is derived “physically” from another.

Not the best definition. In any case, try to convince your compadres.

Accepting common descent tells nothing about the cause of it.

Not "nothing" necessarily, but a reasonable distinction. We can accept common descent and reject natural selection as a mechanism.

So, again, arguing for gradualism or non gradualism has nothing to do with the problem of cause. Again, the problem of cause remains the most important. The rest are details.

The family relationship between humans and sunflowers is hardly a mere detail. It is one of the most profound discoveries in human history.

I just don’t accept that common descent is probably the best explanation for homologies ...

Oh well. The honeymoon is over.

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