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Jack Graham

Jack Graham wrote about Doctor Who and Marxism, often at the same time. These days he co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper.Support Jack on Patreon.

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  1. Roobin
    January 28, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    Interesting post. Darwin used the term "evolution" once in his written work, at the very end of The Descent of Man, and he used it in reference to the evolution of planets in accordance with the Kantian model of the solar system (also an inaccurate model). Evolution implies progressive unfolding from simplicity/immaturity to complexity/perfection … as you rightly point out a human is as 'evolved' as a worm.

    That said speciation can happen much quicker than is generally realised. It depends on the speed and severity of natural selection. There is, of course, the phenotype and genotype, roughly analogous to form an essence in traditional dialectics, which is loaded with the possibility of small incremental changes amounting to sudden outward changes in form.

    I also wonder, if humans did meet intelligent aliens, if they would not appear roughly similar? Think of the things that need to exist in order for human intelligence to develop and be expressed.

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