• T Clark
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    So how does evolution and the passing on of the genes fit into the picture? Why not just be and then be stamped out of existence? Why bother passing on the genetic code?MikeL

    Passing on the genetic code is just something that tends to happen while you're living.
  • MikeL
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    Passing on the genetic code is just something that tends to happen while you're living.T Clark

    So why do animals get the urge to do it so badly? It seems like a lot of work and effort has gone into the process. But for no reason? Not even a scientific one?
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    So why do animals get the urge to do it so badly? It seems like a lot of work and effort has gone into the process. But for no reason? Not even a scientific one?MikeL

    They, and we, do it because we're built that way, whether we're built by God or Darwin.
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    Why are we built that way? I understand why animals have eyes and legs and stuff, but reproduction seems a bit silly, don't you think? A bit wasteful of resources we could have spent elsewhere?
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    Why are we built that way? I understand why animals have eyes and legs and stuff, but reproduction seems a bit silly, don't you think? A bit wasteful of resources we could have spent elsewhere?MikeL

    From an evolutionary point of view, sex mixes up the genes, increases genetic variability. Variability is the fuel of evolution. Being able to evolve better has evolutionary benefit.
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    But what's the point of evolution, evolutionary speaking of course.
  • MikeL
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    What's the evolutionary benefit?
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    Life is not here to survive. If it were, it would have evolved into a very simple organism which could very strongly withstand the pressures of time, it would not have evolved into complex, sophisticated, and extremely delicate organisms, if it only wanted to survive..Metaphysician Undercover

    Life doesn't want to survive; each individual being does. If there's an empty ecological niche, then it's the fittest form due to the lack of competition. What I imagine when I think of the organism you described, is a simple plant of some sort duch as moss or algae. But these are also very defenseless if a more complex predator appears.
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    But what's the point of evolution, evolutionary speaking of course.MikeL

    No point. Like I said, living things live. Evolution is just something that happens along the way. No purpose, not direction, no meaning. What's the point of the wind, or neutrinos, or chicken marsala? Ok, marsala chicken has a point.
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    But a very tough seedlike organism, without a need to evolve into anything else could hunker down in the soil and just count to a billion.
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    What's the evolutionary benefit?MikeL

    A population of organisms that has greater genetic diversity is more able to change genetically in response to environmental changes better.
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    I look forward to talking more tomorrow T Clark, but before I go, if it's just living, why bother with all the meiosis and sex organs and gestation and child raring. Why not just be, and then be gone from existence? Its an awful lot of fuss over nothing.
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    is more able to change genetically in response to environmental changes better.T Clark

    But why bother?
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    I look forward to talking more tomorrow T Clark, but before I go, if it's just living, why bother with all the meiosis and sex organs and gestation and child raring. Why not just be, and then be gone from existence? Its an awful lot of fuss over nothing.MikeL

    It's just the way we're built, whoever or whatever built us.
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    You're not invoking a sentience I hope T Clark. Talk to you later.
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