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Blog innovation: Evolution meets Intelligent Design

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October 18, 2005

Blog innovation: Evolution meets Intelligent Design

Stephen Baker

a virus

Consider the avian flu virus, and its connection to blogs. That virus reproduces and mutates in staggering numbers. Most of the mutations lead nowhere. But chances are that eventually one specially endowed virus will emerge, and make the jump to humans. Give it enough chances, and it will succeed.

The blogsphere, an immense petri dish for innovation, also benefits from big numbers. But unlike the virus, which advances blindly (like a hacker trying every password in the dictionary), bloggers gain insights and contacts by linking to each other. They learn from each other's failures. It's part evolution, part intelligent design.

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? part evolution, part intelligent design from oldcola's blah blah

I wouldn't use the term intelligent design for a large number of blogs; rather purposeful. But the juxtaposition made by Stephen Baker between Evolution and Intelligent Design is quite interesting.

I would like to propose a slightly different point ... [Read More]

Tracked on October 20, 2005 12:23 PM

Spot on, Stephen. The Neo-Darwinians can't be allowed to have everything their own way, even in the blogosphere. :-)

Posted by: John (SYNTAGMA) at October 18, 2005 01:27 PM


If every post on every blog were this sharp, we'd all really have something. Enough critique.

What you see today is only the beginning of blogs, and the first steps of the larger beginning of the organic behavior of the on-line community. I'm sure the other readers will have plenty of their own examples, but I think a good example of the form of one possible ultimate outcome is the world-wide Linux community and how it functions. I bet that's got characteristics that at least in part describe blogging's future.

Just a guess

Pete Z.

Posted by: Pete Zievers at October 18, 2005 03:14 PM

A Review of “Creation AND/OR Evolution: An islamic Perspective” by T.O.Shanavas

Shanavas’ son asked: “Dad, you send me to the best school around our home to study science. You send me to the Islamic Center to study the Qur’an. Science says that human beings evolved from the world of apes, but the Islamic Center teaches us that humans were initially created in heaven and came to earth fully formed. What is the truth?” Creation AND/OR Evolution: An Islamic Perspective is the answer to the question.

In Creation AND/OR Evolution: An Islamic Perspective, Shanavas describes a novel concept of Islamic metaphysics of the future focusing on the phrase, Inshah Allah (God so will). Within the Islamic metaphysics of the future, all separately identifiable small or large components of the universe have self and subjectivity and the creation is a process. In this process, our short-lived and imperfect universe evolves as creatures of all varieties choose the divine proposals carried within arriving moments of future and objectify them into material realities.

It is reasonable to anticipate a chaotic universe, which evolves through practice of free choice. Yet, stunningly, in this potentially chaotic universe, which evolves through the practice of free choices of millions or billions of animate and inanimate creatures, order emerges. Shanavas brilliantly describes how the order evolves in universe where chance events are daily affairs.

Shanavas accepts chance events without rejecting Allah’s Providence. The author gives logical explanation for the existence of evil in the universe under a compassionate God.

Quoting Qur’anic verses, Shanavas systematically and methodically argues that Adam and Eve were created on the earth originally. With eference from pre-Darwin Muslim scholar, the author shows that the story of the creation of Eve from Adam’s rib was a Judeo-Christian story imported to Islamic faith by Muslims converted from the People of the Book.

According to the author, the theory of evolution is no way anti-Islamic. Pre-Darwin Muslim scholars originally proposed the theory of evolution centuries before Charles Darwin. An American scientist, contemporary of Charles Darwin, described the theory as “the Muhammadan theory of Evolution.” Historically, Muslims were the first to record the discovery of human origin from the world of apes even though we know now that apes and human have common ancestor.

The book gives logical explanation for the birth of new species, mutation, fossils, and “missing links.” The author has meticulously recorded the references to every point that he makes in the book.

It is a ground breaking book.

Posted by: tufail at October 23, 2005 09:42 PM

As we see it, blogs are the easiest, most searchable and RSS enabled framework in which to deliver web-based content.

A content management system (CMS) hosted on a robust server (load-balanced, no less), with lots of tools, organic traffic from the start, and inherent search engine friendliness.

Who could ask for more?

When we launch a new client, the first thing we do now is get a blog site on, then map fresh content, and a keyword-rich URL to the blog.

Viola! We have a site, fresh content, and improved rankings for the client.

Add to that the ability for our CLIENT to update and modify the content at will, and for us to add images, instructional guides... lots of phenomenal content without cracking Dreamweaver...

It's been a lifesaver for us. We can now spend our ergs on content development, rather than the technical aspects of HTML, XML, Flash and other areas that are good, even vital, but not necessarily core to the mission.

Blogs are here to stay... or some derivision thereof.


Best of success!

Mark Alan Effinger

Posted by: Mark Alan Effinger at October 24, 2005 06:45 PM

what ever happened to simple faith Dawinism is fine Intelligent design is fine but what the f--k ever happened to simple faith trust me I am no saint but am a catholic understand the issues but know in the interest of politics we are putting an answer to god god bless us god help us

Posted by: Pat ripley at November 12, 2005 02:05 AM

There is much discussion/controversy over Intelligent Design vs Evolution. Each side claiming possession of the Truth of Evolution.

But there is no need, for there is a book that will silence this controversy. Its pages contain the Truth claimed by both sides,its pages reveal this argument has no basis.

Read the book: Truth Eternal and the Adversity Law" it is all there. Available on line and can be ordered from most bookstores. Eve A.

Posted by: Evelyn Allen at November 12, 2005 09:52 PM

Would yu please send me the fullest details of TO Shanavas' book on “Creation AND/OR Evolution: An islamic Perspective”. The publication its availability in India contact details of the author etc

Posted by: TTARazak at August 18, 2006 04:55 AM

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