Pigliucci: nothing makes sense in biology except in the light of evolution — NOT!
|March 23, 2012||Posted by scordova under Evolution, Darwinism|
Esteemed biologist Massimo Pigliucci offers a goldmine of quotable morsels:
I simply don’t buy Dan Dennett’s idea that “Darwinism” (which of course is not a scientific theory, but an ideological-philosophical position) is a “universal acid,”
Theodozius Dobzhansky, one of the fathers of modern evolutionary theory, who famously said that nothing makes sense in biology except in the light of evolution (the phrase is, in fact, approvingly quoted by Pross). Problem is, Dobzhansky was writing for an audience of science high school teachers, and his statement is patently wrong, as an even cursory examination of the history of biology makes clear. For instance, developmental biologists had done a lot of highly fruitful research throughout the 19th and 20th centuries even as they ignored Darwin. And molecular biologists made spectacular progress from the 1950’s though the onset of the 21st century, again pretty much completing ignoring evolution.
the culprit is Richard Dawkins, who famously proposed the idea of memes in his 1976 popular work, The Selfish Gene. … As it turns out, memetics (warmly endorsed as a general theory of cultural evolution by Dennett) failed abysmally,
Pigliucci argues: Dennett is wrong, Dobzhansky is wrong, Dawkins is wrong, and Pross (the author Pigliucci critiques) is wrong. Grand slam!
Duane Gish said it better: “Nothing in evolution makes sense in light of biology”
[Thank you, Enezio, for finding this Pigliucci gold mine and letting me know about it]