Why does the theory of biological evolution exclude agency?
Descent with modification is the Darwinian explanation for evolution. Advances in genetic studies have allowed us to explain microbiological evolution. Macroevolution, however, remains insufficiently explained. Creationists and ID advocates tell us this is because a superior being had a hand in it. Lamarck's idea of acquired traits was dismissed long ago. Some people believe god is found inside oneself. Perhaps there's a synthesis here that needs to be explored: In addition to genetic potential (via mutation and recombination) and environmental constraints, a third precondition - DESIRE(agency) - might fit into the mix. Darwinian theory has us perceiving species as passive receptacles of change. But there is nothing passive about hunger, libido, and the desire to protect one's offspring. Take these out of the equation and, clearly, there can be no survival. Put these into the equation for biological evolution and we might have grounds for Neo-Lamarckian studies.
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How can we use the resources that are already on the Moon to make human exploration of the satellite as economical as possible?
If you were transported to the Moon this very instant, you would surely and rapidly die. That's because there's no atmosphere, the surface temperature varies from a roasting 130 degrees Celsius (266 F) to a bone-chilling minus 170 C (minus 274 F). If the lack of air or horrific heat or cold don't kill you then micrometeorite bombardment or solar radiation will. By all accounts, the Moon is not a hospitable place to be.
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