Adaptation by Design
In 1859 Charles Darwin published his monumental work “On the Origin of the Species by Natural Selection” with which he forever shifted our understanding of the creation of life. Darwin’s breakthrough did not lie in the assertion that life has evolved from simple to more sophisticated and specialized organisms, but in outlining the process by which it does so – natural selection. He argued that nature evolves by a series of tiny mutations from one generation to the next; random changes in form. Only those changes that result in a more functional adaptation to their environment survive for they give the organism or animal which hosts them advantage over those with which it might compete for survival. Thus the photo-synthesizing cyanobacteria that emerged three billion years ago from the primordial soup has become homo creator, the first species to circumvent the lengthy process of adaptation by natural selection in favor of the much quicker process of adapting our environment to suit our needs and limitations.