Consequences and (Evolutionary) Intentions

           Perhaps one source of confusion in discussing evolution is that people do not clearly distinguish between “consequences” and “intentions.”  While modified or new traits may have the consequence of enhancing reproductive survival, that does not mean that they arose with the intention of enhancing survival. 

           Consequence is a term of cause and effect analysis; intention is a term applicable to the actions of thinking and willing beings. 

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