I really wish I had the time to write more detailed postings for y’all. For example, last night I drew attention to some recent findings that further support the plausibility of front-loading and seamlessly connect with other proposals on this blog. But I didn’t get a chance to flesh it out. So let me add a little more flesh to those front-loaded bones and show specific points where this ties in to my views.
Now, I have yet to read the actual research article, but I do want t bounce off the observations of Michael Gray: “But when you think about it in a neutral evolutionary fashion, in which these machineries emerge before there’s a need for them, then it makes sense.”
Another way of saying this is that neutral evolutionary processes churned out something that the blind watchmaker could exploit. To appreciate the significance of this insight, take some time to read these blog entries.
Consider relevant quotes from some of these essays:
If candidates are found for question 3, we would have an appearance of design without a non-teleological explanation/response from neither Hume nor Darwin. – The Fading Reach of the Designer Mimic
If natural selection is not omnipresent, and an appearance of design emerges when natural selection is not there, then the non-teleologist must explain it in terms of chance or natural law. But even Dawkins recognizes chance is not a good explanation for the appearance of design, and law would easily fit into a teleological perspective. – Strict Gradualism
That neutral evolutionary processes may have churned out some machinery that natural selection could exploit not only points to the teleological echo of preadapation, but that such preadaptation may have unfolded because of factors intrinsic to biology. And recall one of the expectations from front-loading: 3. Evolution would be significantly driven by intrinsic, biotic features.
As time goes on, the puzzle pieces keep falling into place and an image of evolution as a process influenced by design is emerging.
It was simply a matter of time before they came together into a more complex entity. – Brandon Keim August 27, 2009
From there, it’s just a matter of time. – Yours Truly, August 1, 2009