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 I read an interesting article recently about Darwin and his pigeons:

Pigeon breeding, Darwin argued, was an analogy for what happened in the wild. Nature played the part of the fancier, selecting which individuals would be able to reproduce. Natural selection might work more slowly than human breeders, but it had far more time to produce the diversity of life around us.

Here is a whole website devoted to Darwin's pigeons.

Mockingbirds interested Darwin too and look to have caught his attention before finches.

They were particularly popular in my Alabama Great-grandmother's generation for other reasons.


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  1. Rich Berger on February 6, 2013 10:14 am

    Except that the pigeon breeder is an intelligent agent, whereas “Nature” is a random process. Not buying it.

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