Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hardly Random: Part 2

On ongoing series wherein I discuss my first reading of Darwin's Origin of Species.

Last night I finished Chapter 2. Darwin writes about telling apart a species and its varieties and how difficult this can be. He makes two points in particular though that I want to quote.

... if we look at each species as a special act of creation there is no apparent reason why more varieties should occur in a group having many species, than in one having few.

In other words if g-d did all this why does it look evolved?

... when many species of a genus have been formed on an average many are still forming; and this certainly holds good.

Meaning evolution is still ongoing.

Just look at all these varieties of Oak Trees for example.

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