Science and Belief

“I am inclined to believe that in nearly the same way as two men have sometimes independently hit on the very same invention, so natural selection, working for the good of each being and taking advantage of analogous variations, has sometimes modified in very nearly the same manner two parts in two organic beings, which owe but little of their structure in common to inheritance from the same ancestor.”

Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

To put Darwin’s statement in other words, it looks very much as if the processes of evolution have hit upon the same solution multiple times. We’ve had posts on ‘convergent evolution’ on Science and Belief in the past, so I will leave you to read A Dentist’s Guide to the Map of Life, or Inevitable Humans? if you want a little more explanation of this phenomenon. In this article I want to concentrate on…

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