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Teach the controversy
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, June 10 2012 @ 01:05 PM EDT
Nice. Understand, however, that "random chance" is not how
evolution works. So far as we know, nothing is random--that
is, everything is caused, however yet unknown the causes may
be; the ascription of randomness is yet another form of
belief.

Consider the phenomenon we call a cloud. Our understanding
is such that we know not only the raw materials necessary to
form a cloud, but the necessary conditions required for
cloud formation. From this we can predict with great
accuracy that whenever the set of raw materials and
conditions necessary for Cloud occur together, we'll have a
cloud--period. No randomness is involved; in fact, we can
predict with very high reliability that we cannot _not_ have
a cloud when the conditions for necessary to form one are
present.

So it is with what we call Life. At the moment we're not all
that close to knowing all the necessary raw materials and
conditions necessary for its beginning and ramification. But
one thing that Science--the determination of nonfantastic
properties, causes and effects--_does_ allow us to predict
is that _wherever_ the conditions and raw materials
necessary for Life obtain, Life will proceed. No chance, no
magic, no "random chance", operates.

And so, this conundrum: So far as Science understands the
universe, nothing is pre-ordained _and_ nothing happens by
chance. Evolution is merely the ramifying event of Life
continually refactoring and resolving its "equation"--by
_being_ its equation--for maximum efficiency within boundary
conditions. What's even more fun to consider is that
Intelligence as we know and embody it is not involved in
Evolution; Intelligence seeks and achieves single- or
limitedly multi-point solutions to problems of Being by
selectively _ignoring_ Information through the tools of
concentration and attention, whereas Evolution always
achieves its maximally efficient solution by acting
inclusively and distributedly on _all possible information_.

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