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> But this is not what the evolution metaphor is alluding to. Nobody in their right mind would argue that technological progress is driven by random mutations.

I agree and will add that human evolution IS becoming plan driven, we are learning to fix genetic diseases, and keep people alive to reproduce despite genetic conditions (genetic diseases via various treatments, susceptibility to disease via antibiotics and vaccines and basically all of medicine). Soon we are likely to be making intentional changes to people's dna before they are born.

So evolution itself is becoming planned.

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