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The ubiquity of convergence – Review Chap 10 of “Life’s Solution” by Simon Conway Morris and his article in New Scientist Nov 16, 2002, pg 26-29. Summarize the observations that lead him to conclude that convergence is ubiquitous and thus crucial for understanding the history of life.
- What does he conclude from these observations about the history of life?
- Contrast his view with the view of the late Steven Jay Gould (compare their differing views of such concepts as ‘progress’, random diffusion within the available molecular, macroscopic, and behavioral hyperspace versus the channeling of evolutionary trajectories towards functional endpoints, and the likely result if the history of life were rerun). Comment on Conway Morris’ critique of an intelligent design interpretation of the observations (see also the preface and Chapter 11).
- Describe his critique of the worldview position of the ‘ultra-Darwinists’ in Chapter 11, and the worldview conclusions he draws from these observations. See the following link below for a review of this book http://www.arn.org/docs2/news/RossReview121803.htm