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ZebramZee
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Evolution is a Wonderful Thing

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Started: 3/1/2014 Category: Philosophy
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ZebramZee

Con

Is evolution a wonderful thing? Please accept if you are serious about debating and do not want to just trade insults in place of real arguments. Here are some ground rules:

1. In the first round, you will present your argument. In the last round, you will leave your argument blank.

2. This debate is NOT about whether evolution is true.

3. No insults. Arguments stand and fall on their own. It makes one look pathetic and feeble-minded when one uses insults in place of arguments.

4. We may discuss what it means for something to be 'wonderful' if so desired.

My position is that Evolution is not necessarily a wonderful thing. I do believe our species has appeared through the process of evolution and natural selection. However, I do not share the optimism for it being a wonderful thing that people who call themselves 'rationalists' or 'secular humanists' do.
LiamKNOW

Pro

Since we are not debating the veridicality of evolution but only its theoretical wonderfulness, I will not present any arguments in its favor. My argument is simple: evolution allows life to grow in complexity and diversity, enriching our human experiences of the natural world and making for a more stable ecosystem than if only a few species existed. Also, on an intellectual level, the idea that nature alone -- lacking any intelligent intervention -- can generate the life forms we see around us and equip species with such specific and ingenious survival aids is deeply wonderful.
Debate Round No. 1
ZebramZee

Con

My opponent listed several examples of what he considers good things, including diversity, and a wonderment at the accomplishments of nature. I argue that evolution has either negative or neutral characteristics.

Evolution has resulted in the production of different sorts of minds, including ours and animals. Some,, such as ours, have learned to live in peace, through the process of natural selection because such behavior results in the most survival of the species. Yet evolution and natural selection, through this same process, results in species for whom killing their own children, such as lions is common, if not mandatorily ingrained in their brains. Assuming that morality is an actual feature of the universe and not a misinterpretation of other emotions, such behavior seems repugnant to us. However, lions may see it differently, and in their own brains, may have positive feelings towards such behavior. Evolution is responsible for the existence of such a species.

Evolution does not select for any 'moral' features in an organization, if that is a feature of the universe. It selects for survival. It selects for brains which exhibit thinking that leads to survival. These actions may or may not be inline with what is moral. Thus, for example, we can have a dichotomy where people will not be cannibals, but will eat meat, even though animals are related to humans, just as one human is to another. In our emotions, most of us seem to see a difference between the two even though there is no logical difference.
LiamKNOW

Pro

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Debate Round No. 2
ZebramZee

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LiamKNOW

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
ZebramZee

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LiamKNOW

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Debate Round No. 4
ZebramZee

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LiamKNOW

Pro

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