This 'objection' only show that neither you nor Mr Flew understand evolution and prefer to make stuff up.mgb wrote:Another objection, from Anthony Flew, concerns useless changes that don't retard survival. That is, neutral changes that are neither a help nor a hindrance. For example, a ridge of bone above the eyebrows. This would not be a good or bad thing and, not being a bad thing, it would not mutate away. And such a ridge is bound to emerge, since everything else (that is useful) emerges. If evolution is constantly trying out new shapes, randomly, then why are there not people today with all kinds of lumps and bumps and ridges on their skulls?!DrNoGods wrote:
What does 'mutate away' mean? Once a mutation has entered the genome and it is a mutation that is inheritable, it can be inherited if reproduction happens.
If it happens to produce a ridge bone in the skull, it will only become prevalent if that person has a productive line of offspring and a population of people carrying that mutation continues to thrive.
So now we have at least four things that need to line up. 1) A mutation that produces a ridge bone 2) This mutation is inheritable 3)The person who has this inheritable ridge bone manages to produce offspring 4) These offspring manage to continue reproducing (i.e the bloodline continues). This is certainly possible, but it's not going to happen at the pace you are suggesting.
You and Mr Flew seem to be of the impression that the ToE states that every birth should be producing inheritable, physically changing mutations and these people all reproduce like rabbits to create populations of all kinds of things. You also seem to be of the incorrect impression that evolution is trying to 'get somewhere'. You are wrong on all counts.
For once, it would be nice if evolution deniers actually went and studied the real science not made up straw men found on religious web sites pedaling lies and misinformation. I thought Christianity in particular was about truth? If so, why are so many adherents fine propagating misinformation?