bb4 - 1. The noble science of Geology loses glory from the...

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1. The noble science of Geology loses glory from the extreme imperfection of the record. The crust of the earth with its embedded remains must not be looked at as a well-filled museum, but as a poor collection made at hazard and rare intervals. The accumulation of each great fossiliferous formation will be recognized as having depended on an unusual concurrence of circumstances, and the blank intervals between the successive stages as having been of vast duration.[. ..We] must not overrate the accuracy of organic change as a measure of time. (Darwin, 173) Darwin’s evolutionary theory requires a timeline of sorts that would support the idea that there actually has been enough time for his proposed random mutations to occur from our beginning state to what we are now. If the remains of the earth, those tools used to identify how old the earth really is, are imperfect, then doesn’t it stand that the data gleaned from these imperfect tools is also imperfect? Evolutionary algorithms are manifestly interesting algorithms –interesting to us at least
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