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Jerry Coyne: The Henry Ford of Evolution?

Jerry Coyne in his disastrous attempt to educate laypersons in evolutionary dogma has this to say:

If evolution is a car, then natural selection is the engine and mutation is the gas.Although Darwin had no idea where this variation came from, we now know that it is produced by mutation–accidental changes in the sequence of DNA that usually occur as copying errors when a molecule replicates during cell division.

And if Henry Ford were Jerry Coyne he’d say that assembly line mistakes turned the Ford Quadricycle

Ford Quadricycle

into the Ford GT

Ford GT

What a maroon. I’m not complaining mind you. The likes of Mark Chu-Carrol, Sean Carrol, and Jerry Coyne are certainly entertaining in a slapstick kind of way but it does make one wonder if any serious adversarial reviewer of Behe’s The Edge of Evolution will ever make an appearance.

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4 Responses to Jerry Coyne: The Henry Ford of Evolution?

  1. The likes of Mark Chu-Carrol, Sean Carrol, and Jerry Coyne are certainly entertaining in a slapstick kind of way but it does make one wonder if any serious adversarial reviewer of Behe’s The Edge of Evolution will ever make an appearance.

    I think Michael Ruse should be added to this list. I respect Ruse in general, but his review of Behe’s book is ridiculous and dismissive

  2. mutation is the gas

    –Jerry Coyne

    And let us not forget these words by Darwin:

    I was nicknamed “Gas”

    Charles Darwin

  3. And let’s not forget that evolution is smarter than we are!

  4. That’s so true! I’d bet that, if you took all of the parts of that Ford GT and all of the parts of that Ford Quadricycle and identified them with coordinates in a selective landscape you’d have all kinds of troughs of symbolic nonsense (like windshield wipers on tires) that couldn’t be traversed by any naturalistic process. I think the whole problem is mathematically identical to a Weasel program, and that’s telling since the only way to get from a Quadricycle to a GT is to pick things up and move them through the intervention of intelligence.

    The gas of evolution indeed!

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