# First post - and I was never good at science.

by kennyb78
Tags: evolution, moths
 P: 440 and i would like to point out all those siamese babies and the rare cases of abnormally born babies, these are concrete examples! When an indian baby girl was born with four arms and four legs! http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,308439,00.html now this is not something favourable today. we would call that a genetic error! But these errors are what give rise to evolution!
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 Quote by kennyb78 I'm done with school!! no way will I ever go back! I went the finance route. One more thing....with randomness being so huge with evolution does it ever amaze anyone that the randomness has got us to where we are today. it seems this randomness always chooses progression as the route to go. why do we not see this randomness take another course? One that would lead to the destruction of mankind, plants, animals, etc?? If it's all random, then we sure are lucky folks!! would you agree??
Evolution is not fundamentally random, because it can be explained by classical or semi-classical physics, which is deterministic. Evolution is random in the sense that a gas of particles is random. The particles' motion is deterministic, being governed by Newton's equations, but we are usually only interested in pressure, volume, temperature, etc, which we imagine to be the probabilistic motion of the gas particles. We introduce probability because we cannot keep track of all the underlying variables.

As a whole however, a standard view in physics is that we are very lucky. Is the second law of thermodynamics a fundamental law? Well, for all practical purposes, you will never see it violated at the macroscopic level. Yet, a common view is that the second law of thermodynamics is not fundamental, and has to do with the initial conditions that started the universe. There is no law that governs the initial conditions, and one could say that it is luck (or god or whatever) that determined the initial conditions. Even if string theory or whatever theory of everything turns out to be correct, there will still be no explanation of why those particular laws instead of some other.