On Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 9:47 PM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com>wrote:

> *MISCONCEPTION: Natural selection involves organisms trying to adapt.*
> *MISCONCEPTION: Natural selection acts for the good of the species.*
> *MISCONCEPTION: The fittest organisms in a population are those that are
> strongest, healthiest, fastest, and/or largest.*
> *MISCONCEPTION: Natural selection is about survival of the very fittest
> individuals in a population.*
> *MISCONCEPTION: All traits of organisms are adaptations.*
> *MISCONCEPTION: Evolutionary theory implies that life evolved (and
> continues to evolve) randomly, or by chance.
> **MISCONCEPTION: Evolution results in progress; organisms are always
> getting better through evolution.*

I agree that all those things are misconceptions, except for "survival of
the fittest" which is certainly not a misconception but is without a doubt
true, just like all tautologies. By the way, for some reason that term is
always associated with Darwin but he is not the one who coined it, Herbert
Spencer was the first to used the phrase in a book of his that came out 5
years after Darwin wrote Origins of Species.

  John K Clark

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