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A review of Behe’s Darwin Devolves that looks at what Behe actually says

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In a review, one reviewer has decided to talk about what Michael Behe actually says in Darwin Devolves. For example,

In a section called “The Blind Metaphor,” Behe notes:

“The primary way by which natural selection makes evolution self-limiting is by promoting poison-pill mutations. Whatever genetic alterations that help an organism survive and reproduce better than its competitors will be fodder for natural selection—even if the alterations make a species less able to adapt in the future (200).

In hindsight, that is what we should have expected. Despite the boost in plausibility it receives from its metaphorical name, over multiple rounds natural selection is clearly nothing like the opposite of chance, no more than, say, gravity is the opposite of chance. Both of those phenomena are certainly directional, but only for one step …

The same for natural selection. It will favor the increase in the number of organisms that do better in their environment for any reason, regardless of the basis for the variation (203).”

The upshot of all this is that changes requiring specific multiple mutations are badly out-performed by simple, destructive mutations that increase viability. Robert C. Newman, “A Book Review” at Books at a Glance

Readers will find the review helpful before plunging into the book, available February 26:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) February 19, 2019 EST

See also: Michael Behe responds to the hit pre-publication review at Science 

Some thoughts on the hatchet review of Behe’s Darwin Devolves in Science

Science Mag’s hit on Michael Behe’s Darwin Devolves avoids his main point In these times, are you better off knowing the problems or innocently citing approved sources of misinformation as your reason for making decisions? You decide.

All together now, Dissenters: Happy Birthday, Darwin! Folks, it’s Darwin Day, when we are told by Darwinians to celebrate “intellectual bravery.” Very well, here is some: Dissent from Darwinism, the vid.


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6 Replies to “A review of Behe’s Darwin Devolves that looks at what Behe actually says

  1. 1
    ET says:

    One issue that Dr. Behe’s detractors seem to miss if multiple mutations are required- not only do they need to happen, these right mutations, but they also have to get past the proof-reading and error-correction mechanisms.

  2. 2 says:

    What “natural selection”? Behe makes even less sense than the Darwinistas which – at least – are consistent in their delusion.

  3. 3
    Mung says:

    A refreshing change from the misrepresentations of Swamidass and friends.

  4. 4
    bill cole says:


    February 20, 2019 at 3:30 pm
    A refreshing change from the misrepresentations of Swamidass and friends.

    Behe attracts more straw-men then a field of crows 🙂

  5. 5
    tjguy says:

    In some ways, Behe’s idea that evolution is a downwards process fits quite nicely with creation science. He seems to say that evolution took place on the genera and species level mostly by degrading the genome. We have evidence of that level of evolution, but the evidence for evolution beyond those stages – family, order, etc. – is still an unconfirmed hypothesis.

    And, John Sanford, in his book on Genetic Entropy, would seem to be in agreement with the idea that the genome is devolving. I’m sure there are a lot of details they disagree on, but I find this quite interesting.

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    ET says:

    ID’s opponents are a sad lot. They really think that any and all evidence for “evolution” is evidence against ID.

    Joshua’s lame site “Peaceful Science” promotes the lies and misrepresentations. And anyone who tries to correct them is banned or censored. Shameful, really.

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