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Chris Goss

Entrepreneurial Consultant - Programme, Change & Interim Manager, R&V (New Zealand's Premium Music Festival) - Management Consultant Accreditation

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Do we 'evolve' during our lifetime ? or do we only evolve as a species by passing on physiological 'lessons learnt' through reproduction ?

a) what is the best age to have children (evolution wise) ? Is there a best age ? Is it the same for both men and women ? Would the children I have now be better 'evolved' than those I could have had in my twenties ?

b) does the evolutionary effect come equally from both sexes ? If men create sperm throughout their lives, but women are born with all their eggs (correct me if I'm wrong) then can both sperm and eggs receive evolutionary changes prior to reproduction ?

c) is there a cut-off age by when men shouldn't have children i.e. for the health of the child ?

NB. yes I accept that a lot of behavioural & intellectual evolution comes though living a life - but that's not the question here.

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    Aug 25 2011: How about Epigenetics?

    We are still learning, and there are still many things unexplained, and I adree that Darwinism is a great lauching point. Yes there are some basic laws that we have come to agree apon, but still new things are discovered all the time that don't always fit and have flaws when it comes to some of those basic theories. Science is always evolving with each new discovery.

    But where do instincts come from, or feelings of deja vu of a place you've never been but come to find out that a parent or ancester had been there before your birth?

    Keep your mind open and don't burn all those people at the cross for thinking that not everything in the heavens revolve around the Earth
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      Aug 25 2011: Curtis, I am all for keeping an open mind, but you simply cannot answer with the affirmative just because you speculate that some discovery in the future might make you right (not to mention that you made no attempt to justify your position). That's intellectually dishonest and misleading for someone who confuses a few concepts as Chris does. I have already mentioned epigenetics in my earlier post if you would like to refer yourself to it. It certainly does not overlap with the concepts of physiological lessons learnt or evolution in an organism's lifetime. Epigenetics is like quantum mechanics in the sense that it already has a strong scientific establishment behind it, but the laymen are confused about it and use it as an excuse for all sorts of concepts they wish were true.

      When answering a scientific question apply to your answer the scientific rigour you would expect from scientists. At the very least, have the decency to start with "I think".

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