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>From: Bill Spight <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: teleology and language
>Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2002 17:31:26 -0700
> > > Humans select among their linguistic options every
> > > day.
> > But they don't select for them.
>The environment doesn't select for anything, either, in biological
> > They are available options. Like items
> > on a shelf in a store.
>If nobody buys pet rocks, they disappear from the shelves.
> > I'm not saying language is static. But mere dynamism is not evolution.
>No, but that's not what I said. What I said was, "Replication,
>variation, selection." I did not make up that definition of evolution.
Evolution is "heritable changes in a population over time" where "heritable
changes" are often seen as "allelic frequency changes". Selection is NOT
part of the definition of evolution.
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