Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What Darwin Got Wrong

That's the title of "a new book by Jerry Fodor, a professor of philosophy and cognitive sciences at Rutgers University, and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, a professor of cognitive science at the University of Arizona, [which] comes not from the religious right, but from two atheist academics with -- surprise -- a nuanced argument about the shortcomings of Darwin’s theories" — "What Darwin Got Wrong": Taking down the father of evolution. "Their book details (in very technical language) how recent discoveries in genetics have thrown into question many of our perceived truths about natural selection, and why these have the potential to undermine much of what we know about evolution and biology."

[link via Rod Dreher]

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Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

An interesting interview on this. In some ways, his later comments echo the critique of Darwinism made by people like Philip Johnson, the author of "Darwinism on Trial.

I was especially struck by his admission that:

Creationism isn't the only doctrine that’s heavily into post-hoc explanation. Darwinism is too.

In which case, doesn't the Darwinian ideal of evolution, and the later incorporation of Mandelian inheritance into "Neo-Darwinism" fit a proper definition of pseudo-science as given by philosophers of science such as Karl Popper?

That, BTW, was Johnson's point, but apparently you are not allowed to be taken seriously when critiquing Darwinism if you're Christian.

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