Evolution most certainly is about survival, and it is about adaptation to new environmental conditions. But this adaptation is based on the switching off of certain genes by mutation, not on the evolution of new genes or new levels of complexity.
I uphold that natural selection allows modification of existing forms of life, but it does not cause those forms of life to exist in the first place.
I call my theory of evolution ‘Entropic Evolution’ because it involves a loss of information at the genetic level.
Entropy in this sense is about the loss of information that occurs during transmission of the message.
Therefore, I do believe that evolution through natural selection takes place, and to a very high degree but it starts with the creation of basic forms of life.
Life was created able to evolve.
A third meaning to natural selection is the idea that life can become more and more complex by the building up of complexity bit by bit. This is the belief that new body plans, new organs and new structures can develop when an animal needs them.
The problem with this is that there is no actual explanation to show how a natural process could cause new proteins to come into existence to accomplish this.
Secular scientists just observe the natural world with all its levels of complexity and say because it is there, it has evolved. The building up of complexity through natural selection is based on belief in the theory, but lacks a real scientific basis or explanation.
Charles Darwin wrote about natural selection in On The Origin of Species. Natural selection, in fact, involves more than one concept. Darwin was ambiguous about what natural selection actually meant.
A well-known explanation for natural selection is that it involves the survival of the fittest. The weak die while the strong reproduce and leave more offspring. In nature many more offspring are produced than survive, and even a small advantage can give the edge to the lucky individuals.
If selection pressures are strong, a change can be observed in a short space of time, may be even as little as 30 years. For example, Darwin’s finches show different shapes and lengths of beaks depending on which seeds they eat. If there are droughts year after year birds with short beaks die out while birds with stronger beaks live because the food source has changed. Environmental change drives species change.
Another meaning of natural selection is the selection of modified traits such that plants and animals become adapted to new conditions and thus avoid extinction.
I fully endorse both of these meanings.