Jerry Coyne stomps on Darwin’s co-discoverer Wallace but doesn’t get away with it
|February 24, 2012||Posted by News under Culture, Darwinism, Intelligent Design, News|
Anyway, he didn’t get the support he probably thinks he deserves.
Recently the fur was flying between Jerry Coyne and Alex Tsakiris at Skeptiko (imagine that!). While I don’t normally follow that site, my name and my work on Wallace came up and I was invited to reply to some errors and dismissive comments made by Dr. Coyne.
[Here’s Flannery’s reply:]
Coyne, dismissive of my book and Wallace’s contributions, insisted that the famed co-discoverer of natural selection never used biogeography as an argument in support of evolution and claimed that Darwin deserves preeminence in this regard, an assertion I find unsupportable by substantial historical evidence.
There appear to be only two possible reasons for Wallace’s conspicuous absence in Coyne’s book:
1. the author is ignorant of Wallace’s contributions in biogeography, or
2. Wallace doesn’t serve the author’s polemical purposes.
Aw look, Flannery, it’s the usual Darwin bullshout: “You can have facts, just give me Darwin.”