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I also investigated the impact on an ecosystem of evolution taking place within all the species living together. qxd 10/5/06 2:09 PM Page 51 Evolution’s Direction with each other, then evolution in one species that improves it has the indirect effect of hurting its competitor. On the other hand, if a species is helping another species, then evolutionary improvements in it indirectly help other species too, a sort of rising-tidelifts-all-boats result. The overall effect on an entire ecosystem of the evolution occurring within each of its species thus depends on the arrangement of interdependencies among the species.
They apparently think this means biologists are claiming that evolution has no direction. No. Biologists are not claiming that. qxd 10/5/06 2:09 PM Page 47 Random Mutation the evolutionary process, not the mutation-generating side. What then is God’s role in evolution? It depends on whether you view God as highly involved in everyday, minute-by-minute events or as setting the stage and then letting the plot unfold on its own. Take the coin toss at the start of a football game. The coin could come up heads or tails.
At sea level, it always boils and freezes at the same temperature, now and forever. Water is always colorless. There was never a time or place when pure water was red or green. But species of living things do change. On these two facts hang all of evolutionary biology: one family tree unites all of life, and species change through time and place. qxd 10/5/06 2:08 PM Page 25 Species Change the bottom-line, take-home facts. I believe these two facts must be taught in any science curriculum today.