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Phillip Bigelow n8010095 at cc.wwu.edu
Wed Jun 14 13:27:04 EST 1995

gordonr at cc.UManitoba.CA (Richard Gordon) writes:

>On 14 Jun 1995, Eirikur Sigurdsson wrote:

>> In <3rmlb8$i5u at cronkite.ocis.temple.edu> gold at astro.ocis.temple.edu
> (Bert Gold)
>>  writes:
>> >I am struck by the issue of what the driver is behind evolution.
>> >That is, what drives variation sufficiently to propel selection into
>> >being a creative process.
>> There is no driver behind evolution by natural selection.  It is not a 
>> creative process.  If you have variation, heredity and different rate of
>> reproduction you get......NATURAL SELECTION.
>Is natural selection sufficient to explain progressive evolution, or is 
>there something about the structure of the genome that enables the latter?

>-Dick Gordon, U.Manitoba[Jun14,95] 

  I seemed to have found this discussion thread in mid-discourse, so please
excuse me if my question has already been dealt with: 
  What exactly is "progressive" evolution?  I have never seen that adjective
used with the word "evolution" before.

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