Darwin Devolves: The End of Evolution?


(Nathan H. Lents) #33

Then I don’t think you understand either his argument or our rebuttals. My other essays on this book will have more space and maybe help you see our point more clearly.

(Nathan H. Lents) #34

Yes, exactly. His complete and total misunderstanding of the LTEE is shocking. He expects to see things (innovation, creativity) that the experiment is precisely designed NOT to generate. It’s a nearly perfect recipe for streamlining, efficiency, and rapid growth, and those are the adaptations that emerge.

(Paul A Nelson) #35

Hi Nathan,

I look forward to your longer analyses. Science reviews don’t give the space one needs.

(S. Joshua Swamidass) #36

There are several articles in the works @pnelson. Nathan has one coming out on his blog, and next week his longer in a magazine comes out. I am planning an article here at PS too. It is possible that Lenski might explain more too.

From my point of view, however, I think Dennis Venema explains it aptly:

If that is the tack Behe wants to go, he is more than welcome to do so. It would be another example of not engaging with legitimate critique.

Coyne: Scientists damn Behe’s new book; he responds lamely
Why is Behe Avoiding Boudry?
(Curtis Henderson) #41

I’ve lost count and this may be mentioned elsewhere, but there is yet another response from EN this morning:


To quote:

The review is a hit piece, but it’s so insubstantial that Behe must feel like he’s just been bludgeoned by a stick of cotton candy leavened with fairy dust. (The fairy dust here are the oft-recycled Darwinian fairy tales — e.g., whale evolution.)

I propose a new term to describe this strategy of panic-induced spam - “spamic”.

(S. Joshua Swamidass) split this topic #42

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(T J Runyon) #43

Boy, they are losing it.

(S. Joshua Swamidass) #44

@NLENTS check this out.


Notably, they leave out our responses. Perhaps we should create our own page, to give a more complete picture?

(S. Joshua Swamidass) pinned globally #45