Another victory for science, another defeat for neo-Darwinism
|February 17, 2006||Posted by scordova under Intelligent Design|
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Davidson smiled, somewhat ruefully, and said, “Well, I’m not sure, but I know that standard single-base-pair mutations won’t do it” — meaning, as he later explained to me, the textbook neo-Darwinism every college biology student learns. He was more blunt with the science writer Fred Heeren, who was covering the now-notorious conference we were attending. “Neo-Darwinism is dead,” he said in an interview.
An account of that notorious conference can be found at
Challenging Fossil of a Little Fish
The debate over Haikouella casts Western scientists in the unlikely role of defending themselves against charges of ideological blindness from scientists in communist China.
Rather than Charles DarwinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s familiar notion of Ã¢â‚¬Å“survival of the fittest,Ã¢â‚¬Â Chen believes scientists should focus on something that better explains why life evolved beyond bacteria. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bacteria are very successful,Ã¢â‚¬Â Chen notes. In fact, complex life is less capable of making adaptations.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Evolution is facing an extremely harsh challenge,Ã¢â‚¬Â declared the Communist PartyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Guang Ming Daily last December in describing the fossils in southern China. Ã¢â‚¬Å“In the beginning, Darwinian evolution was a scientific theory Ã¢â‚¬Â¦. In fact, evolution eventually changed into a religion.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Neo-Darwinism is dead,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Eric Davidson, a geneticist and textbook writer at the California Institute of Technology.
But most Westerners at ChenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s conference came to praise Darwin, not to bury him. The idea that neo-Darwinism is missing something fundamental about evolution is as scandalous to Americans as it is basic to the Chinese.
This is too funny: “The debate over Haikouella casts Western scientists in the unlikely role of defending themselves against charges of ideological blindness from scientists in communist China.”