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By Konrad Lorenz

During this little publication Konrad Lorenz has summarized the entire significant social and environmental difficulties of our period and each prior one, for that topic. the primary flaws in our modern international view, which he doesn't relatively articulate, are that exponential development isn't really sustainable and that know-how reaches some degree of diminishing returns.

His examine on "imprinting" id (discussed in better aspect in a few of his different books) will be studied very conscientiously through all who contemplate themselves "American." they could finish that this doesn't lead them to individuals of a geographical region, yet really pawns to be manipulated through a ruthless, worldwide monetary and political elite.

If the human species survives the perils of the age of know-how and achieves liberation from exploitation, it will likely be since it heeded the knowledge of an Austrian psychologist who understood how a lot everyone is like ducks.

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But strict catastrophism did not stand up to further scientific observation and examination. ” Instead, the earth’s history is mainly explained by “operations uniformly repeated, motions which succeed one another without interruption” (emphasis mine). Thus, much of the earth’s geological history could be explained by normal, everyday, uniform processes—the things taking place before our eyes, such as erosion and deposition of sediments in water. This idea is called uniformitarianism. For such processes to account for all the changes recorded in the earth’s strata, however, the earth would have to be older than 6,000 years.

The broad picture of evolution—the “shape” of the family tree of living things—is a matter of much discussion. The specific genetic processes behind all evolutionary change are really only beginning to be revealed as new technologies are letting us look at the very code of life. In other words, we are still examining hypotheses to account for how evolution takes place and for what happened in evolutionary history. Evolution—like any broad scientific idea—involves a complex and interacting web of facts, hypotheses, and theories.

Nine-tenths of all species that have ever lived are now extinct. 3. It follows that new species can arise from this basic process. If populations within a species become environmentally separated, these populations will exist under different selective pressures—different traits will be differently adapted to each environment. Over time, then, a single species may give rise to one or more new species. This, in fact, was what Darwin was ultimately trying to explain, as indicated by the title of his most famous work, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, first published in 1859.

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