How do you define evolution? I ask you to post your definition of evolution.
Why? Because over and over I see arguments based on differing opinions of the words being used. If we lack a common definition, we can scarcely be successful in our discussions. I suspect that evolution is one of those key words that evoke many different concepts in the minds of the readers and writers. With this thread, we may be able to see and understand some of those differences.
I ask that all definitions be less than 90 words in total. Keep it short, clear, and to the point. No justifications, no rationales, no references. Don’t go look it up then write what you read in your own words. Just post your concise opinion. Note that for reference, this paragraph, including these last sentences, contains 90 words as counted by Microsoft Word. I have added a little extra BS just to get this close to the exact value so we will have an easy reference. Three more words.
Before you make any arguments to support your position or to dispute other positions, please allow a few days for everyone to post their opinion. I wish to see each person's mental concept of the word evolution.
Although this thread has not been active very long, I am interested in definitions from those who are adamantly opposed to ToE and those that accept at least some of it’s tenants but also believe in an outside influence. If you have doubts or misgivings, what is your definition? At this point I don’t want to argue, just to hear your position.Truth fears no question.
I came up with my most generalized definition of the fact and theory of evolution (not just biological evolution). I was so proud of myself, that I put it in my "signature". The first four words are the fact, the rest the theory.
Sometime people, here and elsewhere, get snooty when you use the term "evolution" for things outside of biology. I say "screw them". :)
Originally the "Biological Evolution" forum was the "Evolution" forum. The name change was made to exclude non-biological evolution themes.
Professor, geology, Whatsamatta U Evolution - Changes in the environment, caused by the interactions of the components of the environment. "Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer." - Bruce Graham
When a descendant’s inheritable characteristics differ from those of its parent(s).
This includes when a trait changes from dominant to recessive or the reverse.
I define it this way in part because I had one person tell me that changes caused by humans (such as dogs from wolves and new strains of mice) don't count as evolution. Only changes that happen in nature (not human caused) are evolution.
Evolution, simply put, is Change. Biologically, it is change in allele frequencies between successive generations, sometimes leading to phenotypic change. Nb. Natural selection is not the only mechanism (eg. sexual selection, genetic drift also apply).
PS.( not incl. in 90 words!) this is my first post to EvC! been a lurker for a few months now, and finally decided to shrug off my cloak of invisibility!
So intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep it is your eyes that close. - Pablo Neruda
Evolution is change over time due to some interaction.
In biological evolution, the units of analysis is usually a species, with change due to mutation and the interaction of species with environment which must allow them to continue to reproduce (i.e. natural selection)
But not all biological evolution has these units of analysis, and other things that may usefull be called evolution have different units of analysis.
As other say, Welcome to the fray. I am glad you spoke up and joined us.
Since you did, I will admit some ignorance and ask for an explanation.
Biologically, it is change in allele frequencies between successive generations,....
allele noun: one of two alternate forms of a gene that can have the same locus on homologous chromosomes and are responsible for alternative traits
homologous adj: having the same evolutionary origin but serving different functions adj: corresponding or similar in position or structure or function or characteristics
When I apply these specific definitions to your definition I find my self no better off and need some help here. This definition of evolution seems to restrict it to changes that occur to genes that come in two alternate forms and in the same location. That seems like an unnecessary restriction. To me, any gene that changes from parent to offspring represents evolution to some degree regardless of what or where that gene is. And why must there be a change in frequency? I have seen that phrase several times and have yet to understand it.
When you write or speak the word evolution is this the definition that you have in mind?
Obviously we don't. I was and am hoping that some that hold the concept of evolution to be false would post their definition. It occured to me that they might want to explain and to ensure that I understood, I wanted the answer short and simple.