Leibniz and evolution's harmonic, DNA-structured laws of change
Darwin's "dangerous idea" implied that God was not - Roger Clough
needed to produce the rich diversity of life forms we find in nature.
According to Darwin, this result has been produced, not ab initio
by God, but by the successive random generation of new life forms,
together with the natural selection of those best fitted to survive and
reproduce even newer life forms.
A serious problem with this idea, many have noted, is the production of
whole stable species, not randomly and gradually through a population,
but uniformly and suddenly through the production of thoroughly new classes of
DNA. Stephan Jay Gould proposed that Darwin's "dangerojus idea" muight
still be possible in isolated instances.
But a more common sense solution might be possible if DNA formed,
not randomly, but only in whole steps, each harmonically capable of
survival in a given environment. One might call these "natural laws"
instead of blind chance.
And these would be part of Leibniz's pre-established harmony of nature.
Dr. Roger B Clough NIST (ret.) [1/1/2000]
See my Leibniz site at
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