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My eyes are constantly wide open to the extraordinary fact of existence. Not just human existence, but the existence of life and how this breathtakingly powerful process, which is natural selection, has managed to take the very simple facts of physics and chemistry and build them up to redwood trees and humans.
Natural selection is anything but random.
The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity.
We have decommissioned natural selection and must now look deep within ourselves and decide what we wish to become.
E. O. Wilson
Natural selection, as it has operated in human history, favors not only the clever but the murderous.
I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.
In the wild, those traits that are adaptive for survival and reproductive advantage are brought out through natural selection. So cats that were fierce, furtive hunters, alert to the snapping of every twig, with coats that gave them good camouflage, would have been favored by evolution.
Natural selection will not remove ignorance from future generations.
Why do people believe that there are dangerous implications of the idea that the mind is a product of the brain, that the brain is organized in part by the genome, and that the genome was shaped by natural selection?
Natural selection is a mechanism for generating an exceedingly high degree of improbability.
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Natural selection eliminates and maybe maintains, but it doesn't create.
It is a shock to us in the twentieth century to discover, from observations science has made, that the fundamental mechanisms of life cannot be ascribed to natural selection, and therefore were designed. But we must deal with our shock as best we can and go on.
Darwin's idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable because it reverses the direction of tradition.
It is essential for genetic material to be able to make exact copies of itself; otherwise growth would produce disorder, life could not originate, and favourable forms would not be perpetuated by natural selection.
As Darwin himself was at pains to point out, natural selection is all about differential survival within species, not between them.
Natural selection is not evolution.
Ideas percolate. Through natural selection, the best ones survive.
If there are other worlds elsewhere in the universe, I would conjecture they are governed by the same laws of natural selection.
The real problem with natural selection is that it makes no intuitive sense. It is like quantum physics; we may intellectually grasp it, but it will never feel right to us.
You know, Darwin said through natural selection things go gradually, and he was talking about pigeon's evolution or horses evolving, getting faster. But in fact if you look at evolution on a bigger scale, cosmic evolution and you look at culture evolution you see it jumps, it goes through phase changes, and that's very exciting.
Historians will have to face the fact that natural selection determined the evolution of cultures in the same manner as it did that of species.
Space doesn't offer an escape from Earth's problems. And even with nuclear fuel, the transit time to nearby stars exceeds a human lifetime. Interstellar travel is therefore, in my view, an enterprise for post-humans, evolved from our species not via natural selection, but by design.
Each of you possesses the most powerful, dangerous and subversive trait that natural selection has ever devised. It's a piece of neural audio technology for rewiring other people's minds. I'm talking about your language.
Of course, there is no reconciliation between the theory of evolution by natural selection and the traditional religious view of the origin of the human mind.
E. O. Wilson
Design can never be an ultimate explanation for anything. It can only be a proximate explanation. A plane or a car is explained by a designer but that's because the designer himself, the engineer, is explained by natural selection.
For me, the level at which natural selection causes the phenomenon of adaptation is the level of the replicator - the gene.
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