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Any practical use for Darwin's tree of life?

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Re: Any practical use for Darwin's tree of life?

Post by Romanz1 » December 6th, 2018, 1:39 am

Eduk wrote:
December 2nd, 2018, 10:57 am
Wikipedia, which you have free access to, lists puncutated equilibrium as Gould's most significant contribution to evolutionary biology. Developed with Niles Eldredge.
Im sure this is somehow not a satisfactory answer though.
Just slightly. Punctuated Equilibrium is an theory within the theory of evolution. It is also a theory that can't be tested, which means it's no more than a worthless story, and probably doesn't even qualify as science. Needless to say, PE is completely useless in any practical sense. Gould was a talker, not a doer; he contributed nothing at all to the advancement of applied science.

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Re: Any practical use for Darwin's tree of life?

Post by detail » July 14th, 2019, 10:10 am

Romanz1 wrote:
November 18th, 2018, 9:05 am
It seems to me that there are no practical uses in applied science for the information that all life on earth evolved from a microbe that existed billions of years ago (ie, Darwin's tree). All I can find is lots of hype.
Well the usage is in the identification with normal life . If there is a strange colleague for example, one could somehow use one of the allegories of darwin how certain doves did evolve after his theory. The perhaps future benefit of this theory could come into play if mophologic similarity is used to identify certain genomes in the dna.

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