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This was already answered in the other page, but..

An "evolution" is any genetic change. It can be good, in which case it is transferred onto the decedents. Or it can be bad, and then it (hopefully) ends with the poor creature that must carry the burden of inter-species progess.
Exactly, why do some people seem to think of Evolution as something that changes something for the better? it doesnt always work like that
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Lucky? Yes.
Brave? No.

How is someone brave because they managed to survive a condition that they had no knowledge about?

Being brave is knowing you have a slim chance of living after a surgery and deciding to go on with it anyway.
Or fighting off many enemies to save your life and the lives of others.

Being 2 years old with a genetic defect isn't bravery.

Glad to see the kid is the center of attention though.
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Exactly, why do some people seem to think of Evolution as something that changes something for the better? it doesnt always work like that
Probably because to them, Pikachu evolves into Raichu.

I just love how people can quote a completely misleading post and write "Exactly."

It's like, "Yes, you hit it on the spot; I concur with your thesis".

Exactly, indeed.
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post #44 of 130
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Exactly, why do some people seem to think of Evolution as something that changes something for the better? it doesnt always work like that
Some people didn't make it into bio and don't have the slightest clue what they are talking about, that's why
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How isn't evolution always for the better? Its survival of the most well adapted, usually through mutation. Exactly how can this be negative?

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This was already answered in the other page, but..

An "evolution" is any genetic change. It can be good, in which case it is transferred onto the decedents. Or it can be bad, and then it (hopefully) ends with the poor creature that must carry the burden of inter-species progess.
If its bad then it would die out fairly quickly and just be a mutation, not evolution right?
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How isn't evolution always for the better? Its survival of the most well adapted, usually through mutation. Exactly how can this be negative?
That is natural selection

Evolution is the process that drives natural selection.
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How isn't evolution always for the better? Its survival of the most well adapted, usually through mutation. Exactly how can this be negative?
Because sometimes the mutation doesn't work.

So yes, ULTIMATELY, evolution is geared towards improvement.

But that doesn't mean that when it fails it's not still evolution.
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post #48 of 130
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Because sometimes the mutation doesn't work.

So yes, ULTIMATELY, evolution is geared towards improvement.

But that doesn't mean that when it fails it's not still evolution.
I would word that a little differently.

It isn't actually "improvement"

The change is not always improvement. It's an adaption to the enviroment. From time to time, this can result in a life form evolving for the worse in general, albeit better for the specific enviroment.
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*sigh* Always fun to read a news article with pre-pubescent teens making jokes about an innocent two year old.

Anyways, he's definitely not a hero. He was given the short end of the gene pool straw, but you take what life gives ya...I have no doubt he'll be greatly cared for and loved by many people.
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I would word that a little differently.

It isn't actually "improvement"

The change is not always improvement. It's an adaption to the environment. From time to time, this can result in a life form evolving for the worse in general, albeit better for the specific environment.
It's not even always better for the environment. Genes for both beneficial and detrimental traits can be found on the same chromosome, so if the beneficial trait is selected for, the negative trait will come along with.

Also, it's less environmental factors that drive evolution, but more often sexual selection. Doesn't matter how suited you are to the environment if nobody will have your babies. Vice versa, also doesn't really matter how badly you're suited to the environment if everybody wants your babies.

Look up runaway selection.
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