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Re: [Phys-l] [PHYSHARE] Darwinism under attack? plus some relevant Darwin quotes

High all-
Origin of life is emphatically a physics related topic.. Physicists Freeman Dyson and Erwin Schroedinger (some of you have heard of him) have written nice books about it.

On Mon, 28 Jul 2008, LaMontagne, Bob wrote:

Sorry Brian,

But I don't see how evolution explicitly comes in here. Our brains don't necessarily have to work differently if they are a product of either Evolution or Creation. I do agree with spending valuable physics class time on physics.

Bob at PC
(Emphatically not a Creationist!)


From: on behalf of Brian Whatcott
Sent: Sun 7/27/2008 5:20 PM
To: Forum for Physics Educators
Subject: Re: [Phys-l] [PHYSHARE] Darwinism under attack? plus some relevant Darwin quotes

I took exception to this note, attributed to jbeyer3@AOL.COM :

After teaching physics for 26 years, I still find no use for a
discussion on evolution! It does not impact physics or most other
sciences for that matter. The last time evolution entered into a
engineering solution discussion at GE or IBM or (you name the
company) was....uh....NEVER!

Au contraire! A glance at the toolboxes in Matlab, available to
engineers at the upper reaches of GE, IBM and elsewhere,
includes such items as the Genetic Algorithm, Fuzzy Logic,
and Neural Networks, all of which owe their conception to the
wetware comparison.

Brian Whatcott Altus OK Eureka!

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