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To the Best of Our Knowledge: What Does Evolution Want? | [Jim Fleming]

To the Best of Our Knowledge: What Does Evolution Want?

If there’s one strand of evolutionary theory that sticks in the craw of nearly every religious believer, it’s the idea that human beings are just an evolutionary accident. But what if we aren’t? What if the evolution of humans, or some brainy creature like us, was inevitable once life first appeared on Earth? In this hour, we’ll talk with maverick paleontologist Simon Conway Morris and explore the question “What does evolution want?”
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Publisher's Summary

In this hour, renowned British paleontologist Simon Conway Morris believes human-like intelligence was the inevitable outcome of the appearance of life on earth.

Next, historian and philosopher of science Robert Richards tells Steve Paulson that Charles Darwin himself believed evolution marches inevitably toward greater complexity.

Then, Ruth Padel is an acclaimed British poet and a direct descendent of Charles Darwin. She’s now written Darwin: A Life in Poems, having grown up hearing stories about her famous ancestor.

Following that, John Haught is a Roman Catholic theologian at Georgetown University, and the author of God After Darwin and God and the New Atheism.

Finally, paleo-anthropologist John Hawks talks about how we continue to evolve--changes that can be seen in the bones of modern humans. [Broadcast Date: August 12, 2011]

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