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Many animals are instinctively hunters and carnivores taking much their time to seek out victims and stalk them until the time is right to pounce and the hunters acquire their prey According to the theory of natural selection there are animals that are born as carnivores that prey on other animals to provide food for them there are also animals that are born to be prey for these animals While this may seem cruel to humans it is said to just be a part of nature Scientists and researchers question whether it is evolution or a higher power that is responsible for creating the laws that animals and humans alike abide by The question of what is behind the laws of nature is examined in Charles Darwins Natural Selection and Stephen Jay Goulds Nonmoral Nature in Darwins hope that a higher power exists albeit the theory of evolution the ichneumons innate cruelty causing Darwins questioning and Goulds belief of whether laws are dictated by it is evolution or a higher authorityThe theory of evolution Charles Darwin establishes in Natural Selection appears to directly conflict with the conviction of a higher power creating all living creatures that have not evolved or changed in their time on earth Darwins view however states that that all creatures have slowly evolved from primitive states over thousands of years of evolution even the slightest difference of structure constitution may turn the balanced scale of organisms into a struggle and competition for life and preservation to which Darwin states how fleeting are the wishes and efforts of man how short his time 602 While he voluntarily acknowledges that it is not man who can control evolution Stephen Jay Gould states that Darwin could not abandon the idea that laws of nature might reflect some higher power Darwin clearly recognized that specific cruel displays of the laws of natural selection did not embody ethical messages however he still hoped that unknown higher
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