Reading further into Suzan Mazur’s Altenberg 16: An Expose of the Evolution Industry, I learned something interesting: Scientists and philosophers who explore self-organization in evolution also battle the armies of Fortress Tenure (trolls commanded by tax burdens).
Mazur notes that zoologist and natural philosopher Stan Salthe, visiting scholar at Binghamton University says “his skepticism about natural selection has made him “poison” in some science circles.” He’s not by any means the only one whose name comes up. Materialist atheist philosopher Jerry Fodor (MIT) joked that he was in the Witness Protection Program for his skepticism of evolutionary psychology.[!] Meanwhile, Stuart Newman of New York Medical College warns,
Unless the discourse around evolution is opened up to scientific perspectives beyond Darwinism, the education of generations to come is at risk of being sacrificed for the benefit of a dying theory.
Similarly, Swarthmore College developmental biologist Scott Gilbert tells Mazur on Darwinism,
… I’m on record in a 1996 paper saying that if the population genetics model of evolutionary biology isn’t revised by developmental genetics, it will be as relevant to biology as Newtonian physics is to current physics.
Okay, well, that’s my impression too, so let’s … But then I read,
… When I sent my dues in to the National Center for Science Education, and I received a book called Conceptual Issues In Evolutionary Biology, there was nothing about evo-devo in it.
No, I bet there isn’t any such thing, and here is Mazur’s diggo on that subject. After which, all I can say is,
Why is Scott Gilbert paying dues to NCSE (the US national Darwin lobby)?
It was only some days ago that a reputable journal disowned NCSE Board member Barbara Forrest’s unscholarly attack on Baylor law professor Francis Beckwith. To say nothing of Executive Director Eugenie Scott’s unwholesome and disastrous meddling in the Martin Gaskell case. What good, exactly, is it doing Gilbert to be seen with these people?
Oh wait, this just in. There is a balm in Gilead. There is a phone number that recovering Darwin addicts can call, and a counselor guides them through self-empowerment steps like #3 Do not continue to voluntarily fund people who are bad for you.”