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Vid nite: Oxford British biologist Denis Noble debunks neo-Darwinism

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Denis Noble:

He is the author of the first popular book on Systems Biology, The Music of Life, and his most recent lectures concern the implications for evolutionary biology. To follow the debate on this see the FAQ (Answers) pages on the Music of Life website.

Denis Noble has published more than 500 papers and 11 books. A new book is in preparation.

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14 Replies to “Vid nite: Oxford British biologist Denis Noble debunks neo-Darwinism

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    Robert Byers says:

    The statement about brushing rats does suggest that creatures can acquire memories and not from gene change.
    Another thread on uD talked about encoding etc and so why not memories be passed on to offspring if they become a real learned memory passing some threshold.
    It does seem creatures , instincts, must be from acquired memories of their ancestors. So possibly segregating the memory from gene change is a option to explain acquired abilities in creatures.
    I just picked up on that rat thing.

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    Dionisio says:

    Was the below presentation more recently than the one in the OP vid? Here’s a link:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS6PDOcJwY8&index=3&list=PLnqQJI0EhuwwdoH18CnKcOC6j4qaU_yXI

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    Seversky says:

    Interestingly, although Professor Noble has, as you say, been highly critical of neo-Darwinian orthodoxy I see no signs of him being fired from academic posts or hounded out of academia by some Darwinian ‘thought police’.

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    EugeneS says:

    Seversky #3,

    Perhaps that’s because he is still an evolutionist.

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    cantor says:

    Seversky’s “new logic”:

    I know someone who walked down a dark alley at night and didn’t get mugged.

    Therefore, all these reports I hear about people getting mugged are lies and distortions.

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    Mung says:

    500 papers? Is that more than eight per month? Maybe we could bring him on at the Biologic Institute!

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    Mung says:

    cantor, I can construct an infinite set of people who did not get mugged. Therefore no one gets mugged.

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    Dionisio says:

    At the end of the day, what it is, when it came to be, how it happened, does not depend on what we the people think or believe, does it?

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    Seversky says:

    Cantor @ 5

    Seversky’s “new logic”:

    I know someone who walked down a dark alley at night and didn’t get mugged.

    Therefore, all these reports I hear about people getting mugged are lies and distortions.

    If the claim is that anyone who walks down a dark alley gets mugged, then finding some who doesn’t falsifies that claim.

    Neo-Paleyist conspiracy theorists claim that any scientist who doesn’t toe the line on Darwinian orthodoxy gets ‘mugged’ by Darwinist hit squads. I was just pointing out that here was someone who didn’t.

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    Joe says:

    Neo-Paleyist conspiracy theorists claim that any scientist who doesn’t toe the line on Darwinian orthodoxy gets ‘mugged’ by Darwinist hit squads.

    Not if they still accept unguided evolution and just dislike neo-darwinism.

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    bornagain77 says:

    Replace the Modern Synthesis (Neo-Darwinism): An Interview With Denis Noble 07/09/2014
    Excerpt: Suzan Mazur: In recent years the modern synthesis has been declared extended by major evolutionary thinkers (e.g., “the Altenberg 16” and others), as well as dead by major evolutionary thinkers, the late Lynn Margulis and Francisco Ayala among them. Ditto for the public discourse on the Internet. My understanding is that you are now calling for the modern synthesis to be replaced.
    Denis Noble: I would say that it needs replacing. Yes.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....84211.html

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    Dionisio says:

    News,
    Watched part of the video of the presentation of Professor Noble in Stockholm last year, and had the impression he openly said in more than one occasion that Sir. R. Dawkins was wrong on something he wrote about? Did I hear that right? How can Dr. Noble dare to say that about the most popular leader of world atheism?
    Maybe I misheard it? Please, can someone else verify this?

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    Dionisio says:

    Dr. Noble’s presentation in Stockholm last February

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS6PDOcJwY8&index=3&list=PLnqQJI0EhuwwdoH18CnKcOC6j4qaU_yXI

    @40:40″ he asked: do we know what the precise mechanisms for speciation are?

    Then he said: I think the honest answer is that we don’t know yet.

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    Querius says:

    Amazing video!!! Thank you.

    -Q

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