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Exchange Exemplar: Evolution Is Really A Creative Process

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Andreas Wagner

Remember the arguments about evolution versus intelligent design? The I.D. proponents insisted that some things just could not be random, like the marvelous construction of the eyes of animals.

Biologist Andreas Wagner comes at this from the other direction, pointing out how evolution itself is really a problem-solving process.

Think about it: the living things that adapt, by solving the challenges presented to their species, survive.

Wagner lays out the case in Life Finds a Way: What Evolution Teaches Us About Creativity. Book and interview are from 2019.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. John Baxter is the senior producer, Angela Decker is the producer and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.