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Myths and misconceptions about evolution - Alex Gendler

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How does evolution really work? Actually, not how some of our common evolutionary metaphors would have us believe. For instance, it's species, not individual organisms, that adapt to produce evolution, and genes don't "want" to be passed on -- a gene can't want anything at all! Alex Gendler sets the record straight on the finer points of evolution.

Explain the concept of ‘natural selection’ and what it really means. Specify what mechanism actually causes the natural selection and why it occurs.

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