"Evolution has an arsenal of inconsistent explanations for any occasion (#C436)
Evolution is not a clean, neat scientific theory. Rather, it is a messy idea that uses a lot of conflicting explanations, 1 all depending on what question you ask. Below are some examples.
- Animal behavior
- Direction of evolution
- Level of selection
- Methods of Gene Transfer
- Precision of Natural Selection
- Rate of strata deposition
- Speed of evolution
- Static or Dynamic
- Useless features
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Dawkins, R. (1996). Climbing Mount Improbable. New York: Norton.
- Dawkins, 1996, p. 198: “Selection pressures, moreover, can be ‘strong’ or ‘weak’, and the ordinary language meanings of these words fit well. The particular path up Mount Improbable that a lineage takes will be influenced by lots of different selection pressures, pushing and tugging in different directions and with different strengths, sometimes cooperating with each other, sometimes opposing.” ↩