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Re: "Random selection": an oxymoron.



In a message dated 1/25/99 0:52:02 AM EST, jbois@umd5.umd.edu writes:

<< Some hypothetical rules on the way to evolving dinosaurs:
 1. Animals that could create a shell around their egg could exploit more
 niches--at least drier niches--than those that could not.
 2. Animals that ensured rapid embryonic growth rates could fuel the
 development of more diverse and expensive morphologies.
 3. Hotter embryonic growth rates were made possible by parental
 attendance.
 4. Increase in neuronal capacity gave greater flexibility in behavior.
 5. Need to attend the nest led to increased discovery rates by predators.
 6. Increased discovery rates led to need to increase size for protection
 of a stationary egg. >>

Are you claiming that these "rules," if such they are, will inevitably
generate dinosaurs? How could you possibly believe any of this for even one
minute? These are all fairy tales and Just So Stories that have never been
subjected to any kind of confirmatory tests. You are building baseless castles
in the air.