Crinum in MO

Adam Fikso
Fri, 04 Jun 2010 13:18:05 PDT
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From: "Knisely, Jonathan" <>
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Sent: Friday, June 04, 2010 1:20 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Crinum in MO

  It looks as though they've evolved a long neck to permit them to tolerate 
being planted deep.
> Jonathan?  It may seem minor but it's a major point. Evolution as 
> understood in science is not purposeful.  it does not occur "in order to" 
> anything.  If a character seems to fit, it is the result of having become 
> "fit" by happenstance.

Some of these adaptatons are, of course useful to us, and we may attribute 
their occurrence to causality in service to a purpose.  If there is purpose, 
it is not keyed to future "intent" or utility. No teleology here. 

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