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Eibi Nevo: Evolution theory is an evolving theory

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2015-08-14-1439513538-6479476-EVIATORNEVO.JPG Suzan Mazur, author of The Origin of Life Circus, recently interviewed Eibi Nevo (86), at Huffington Post.

She notes that Nevo largely agrees with post-Darwinian James Shapiro, who, in James Barham’s words,

stresses the importance of a key concept for understanding how both life and evolution work—“natural genetic engineering.” While the technical details of this phenomenon can be forbidding, the basic idea is simple enough. In a nutshell, the phrase “natural genetic engineering” refers to cells’ ability to “reprogram” their genomes as necessary—that is to say, purposefully—in order to meet changed environmental conditions.

Among many other things, Nevo,

Eviatar Nevo’s professional publications include 1,200 scientific articles and 24 books. He’s discovered hundreds of animal species, 77 different Dead Sea mushrooms, and has studied the blind subterranean mole-rat for 60 years, the latter he details in his book, Mosaic Evolution of Subterranean Mammals: Regression, Progression, and Global Convergence.

Anyway, here’s a bit of the interview:

Eibi Nevo: Let’s Get Evolution Right, It’s the “Basis of Everything”

Suzan Mazur: Do you see an evolution paradigm shift underway?

Eviatar Nevo: I think we have to regard the evolution theory as an evolving theory. It evolves with our better understanding of the world…

Genomics was a shift. Not so much in paradigm. Well, maybe in paradigm, it depends. However, it is clear that the remarkable developments in regulation by noncoding DNA and epigenetics have contributed dramatically to the evolution of evolutionary theory, in particular, regarding nonrandom, directed or adaptive mutations, the genome as a read-write memory system, and in what James Shapiro calls “natural genetic engineering.”

Suzan Mazur

Suzan Mazur: What is the way forward? Is it important to define a new theory?

Eviatar Nevo: A new spirit, insight and innovation is what I think is very much needed…

The advancement we need now in evolution theory is to emphasize the strong link between ecology and genomics, and to evaluate the genome dynamics caused by environmental stress and changes in building novel adaptations and new biological species — the capacity to change is itself adaptive. The potential of organisms to change their heredity, and the tempo of this process, and how it is transmitted trans-generationally needs much more research at the genotypic and phenotypic levels.

Origin of Life Circus

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Eviatar Nevo: The subject of bacteria and viruses is having a tremendous effect on current thinking. The viral world contributes enormously to the genomes of cellular life and thereby shapes the evolution of life in general. Take, for example, the mouse genome — it has about 10% of viral sequences in it More.

See also: Philosopher of science: Schoolbook Darwinism needs replacement

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4 Replies to “Eibi Nevo: Evolution theory is an evolving theory

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    More research? I thought Darwin had already established the fact, Fact, FACT of evolution in 1859, oops in 1930-1940 with the Modern Evolutionary Synthesis, oops may be in 2015 with the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis.

    Wait a minute – how can one have a synthesis of a synthesis? Am I missing anything???

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    Tim AJ says:

    If we take Eibi example of the evolution of mice 35 million years – proteins have remained the same as in humans. It’s like driving around the neighborhood 35 million years later and seeing the same homes. Built the same – nearly identical style, except built at different times and different locations. These virus change gene expression. What we are arguing about is regulation. The closer one examines the world, all notions of randomness is replaced by order. We are talking about evolution in the same way chemists discuss the evolution of the elements found in the Periodic Table.

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    Box says:

    Eviatar Nevo: Philosophically, evolution theory is the basis of all sciences.

    “Philosophically” … really? What exactly do you mean by “evolution theory”?

    Eviatar Nevo: Not only biological sciences and physical and chemical sciences, (…)

    What did evolution theory do for physical and chemical sciences?

    Eviatar Nevo: (…) but also humanistic sciences. Evolution is the basis of everything.

    How did 2+2=4 evolve? And how will it’s “evolution” look like? What does the theory of evolution have to say about the law of non-contradiction and the concept of a triangle?
    BTW don’t you think that e.g. logical laws are a tad more basic than evolution theory?

    Eviatar Nevo: Languages evolve, institutions evolve, and human cultures evolve. . . .

    Some things do change and you immediately cry out “EVOLUTION”. However, those things you mention in your last sentence, do NOT “evolve” without intelligent design. Do you understand the difference? Again, what kind of evolution theory are you talking about?

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    Silver Asiatic says:

    Box @ 3

    I’d like to see the interview continue with those follow-up quesitons. πŸ™‚

    EN: Evolution is the basis of everything.

    At least he’s honest about it. And he’s not at all embarrassed to reveal himself as being laughably shallow and irrational. Maybe he’s senile. A naive believer in scientistic idiocy, who somehow got applause for this all his life.

    Eviatar Nevo’s professional publications include 1,200 scientific articles and 24 books.

    And people question us on “how could all those scientists be wrong?”

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