Logic and evolution: current Darwin theory debate (Introduction)

by dhw, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 13:03 (11 days ago) @ David Turell

DAVID: There is not much left of the Darwin Theory

I do not think there is anything in this article that we have not covered in our own discussions. You and I have agreed that random mutations are out as an explanation for the complexities of evolutionary innovation, and we also agree that Darwin was wrong in his insistence that Nature does not make jumps. What is left is the enormously important theory of common descent and the influence of environmental factors, plus natural selection, which determines what innovations survive (this being a passive process that creates nothing). In other words the concept of evolution itself remains untouched, and the controversy is over the mechanisms which have enabled it to take place.

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