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Monday, June 27, 2005
  12:22 PM — Evolution vs. Adaptation
What's the difference in some people's minds between evolution and adaptation? They say they can understand the concept of a creature adapting to fit its environment. I've never heard a single person argue against survival of the fittest. And yet, when you put the two together you get evolution and everyone's up in arms about that.

I suspect it's more a matter of the implications in the PAST that bothers people, rather than implications for the future. I doubt creationists disbelieve antibiotic resistant bacteria. I haven't heard Intelligent Design proponents argue that we should not invest time and money in a flu vaccine for when the Avian Flu mutuates to human transmission. Why aren't they picketting outside the CDC, in addition to schools?

I feel like they're picking and choosing their battles. "One plus one equals two when I get my biweekly paycheck, but not when I'm making credit card payments."
 

Comments:
"I suspect it's more a matter of the implications in the PAST that bothers people, rather than implications for the future."

I suspect you've got that exactly right.

Good post!
 
There is a fundamental difference (no pun intended) between the adaptation of a species over time and the evolution of one species from another (i.e. micro-evolution vs. macro-evolution).

Moreover, the fossil record, as it currently exists, supports the former but not the latter. ;)
 
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