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Why should natural selection choose one organism to survive and reproduce and not another?

William A. Dembski, ISCID Forums 12 Comments [2/1/2003 12:00:00 AM]
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Because it has better genes, and was able to survive enough to pass on its genes more than other organism.

11/18/2005 5:56:47 PM


Wait...THE Dembski said this?!


<-dies laughing

11/18/2005 6:16:33 PM

Darth Wang

.....because the one that can't survive, dies?

11/18/2005 7:15:01 PM


There's no \"should\" about it. Some organisms survive. Some don't. That's life.

11/19/2005 3:31:08 AM


natural selection doesn't "choose", that's why it's called natural selection, because it happens naturally. Organisms that are well suited to their environment are more likely to survive to breed then those that are less well suited to their environment. That's all natural selection means, it's not very complicated.

4/26/2011 12:56:40 AM


There is no "should" or "choose" about it.
The species that manages to survive long enough to produce offspring gets a chance to survive another generation.
The species that doesn't manage to produce offspring goes extinct.

Most species that have ever existed could adapt up to a certain point, then ran into a dead end, and became extinct.
Being "the most evolved" is not always a good thing, you see.

4/26/2011 1:13:51 AM


Amazing. You actually call yourself a scientist.

4/26/2011 2:39:39 AM

Crimson Lizard

We speak of natural selection "choosing" because as humans, we tend to anthropomorphize. Those of us who are intelligent realize that this is simply a type of mental shorthand, and that the concepts we've given human characteristics to don't actually have them.

3/31/2012 8:58:01 AM


Gawdammit, people who talk about "natural selection" like it's some kind of deity really piss me off. It is a process, a process, man! And the answer is this: Because corpses, my friend, don't breed. I hope.

3/31/2012 11:22:39 AM

Blue the Thief

Because the one that survived was:

a) Best suited to its environment / able to adapt to it new environment.

b) Lucky.

@Crimson Lizard

You don't know the half of it.

3/31/2012 12:01:20 PM

Quantum Mechanic

The STUPID is strong with this one.

7/13/2013 8:11:06 AM


This quote clearly shows how amazingly qualified Bill is to criticize evolution.

7/16/2013 2:19:15 AM

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