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Rules for Anchorites

Letters from Proxima Thule


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If I may clarify a point: no one species "becomes" another, neither dogs to wolves, nor dogs to cats. Rather, individual members of that species, when presented with a change in environment, respond by thriving or dying off, depending on their traits. Those individuals who thrive then pass on the traits that allowed them to do so to their progeny, and that cycle continues over many, many generations until a separate species arises.

It may be worthwhile to point out, at this juncture, that I am both a PhD candidate in molecular biology and an observant Jew. These are not things that are in tension. I can, and do, believe in G-d and in evolution (micro and macro, as you term it elsewhere).

But to say that one can believe in natural selection and not evolution is to misunderstand what those concepts actually are.

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