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This subdivision of links can potentially go on infinitely, unless you have a complete record of every link from protoplasm to fully formed human. And given that we're dealing with billions of years and (at the extreme end) life cycles measured in hours, we're dealing with something potentially on the order of quadrillions of individual life forms, each of which provides a critical link in the chain.

except that since genes and molecules are discrete (more clearly discrete than space-time),
it can't really be infinite..... at some point, you can either get directly from A to B, or not.
but it can be huge .....'billions and billions'

clearly a sense of the stop-gap (billions of little steps and god slides into every missing step)

& a sense of .....not sure what the word is --but they're asking for a plausible sequence, and even when there are no empty gaps, they can still point at any one step and say, "possible, but not plausible .... "

and a sort of Russian thing: < oo! the arm is too complicated > the arm gets explained, then <the eye!> the eye gets explained. <the liver!> <flagella> <blood!!> .....
Which is why i think the Catholic position (if i understand it) is more honest ... they cut to the nuts: < let us know when science can explain the soul. till then, we don't think our faith is threatened. >

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