Darwin had a hard time explaining flowers but we will let Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig tell it:
Editor’s note: Geneticist Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig brings to our attention a new publication of his that we highly recommend: “On the Inordinate Amount of ‘Living Fossils’ in the Flowering Plants (Angiospermae).” What follows is the Abstract, in which all emphases have been added by Dr. Lönnig, a distinguished retired scientist from at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Germany. For background, see mathematician Granville Sewell’s recent post, “Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig: An Intelligent Design Pioneer.”
As illustrated for the monocots (virtually the same situation in the dicots1), the figure below shows that Darwin’s “abominable mystery” has become even more “abominable” and “mysterious” during the last 50 (not to speak of the last 150) years.Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig, “Abstract: Lönnig on Darwin’s “Abominable Mystery”” at Evolution News and Science Today (January 10, 2022)
You may also wish to read: Lönnig on carnivorous plants, including the one that tried to eat Nick Matzke: Geneticist W.-E. Loennig Replies To Darwinist Nick Matzke: Which Is More Important: Darwin Or Facts?
Note: Loennig fetched a pole and fished Matzke out of the tank, forcing the carnivorous plant to return to eating… bugs until it managed to acquire an account with DoorDash, after which it ate junk food exclusively. (This part of the story, following “Note,” is exclusive to Uncommon Descent Late Nite Entertainment News and is not represented to be true in any way.)
2 Replies to “At Evolution News: Abstract: Lönnig on Darwin’s “Abominable Mystery” (of flowers)”
I wonder if this ‘expectation of inevitable change’ is a modern tendency.
Scientists closer to Darwin’s time seemed to understand the analog concept of asymptotes and plateaus. Natural selection is a feedback mechanism that operates when the conditions are not optimum, and it brings the organism back to a new optimum for the new conditions. When the organism survives well enough, there’s no delta, so no change needed. Ain’t broke, don’t fix.
Inevitable change belongs to the digital world of Innovative Disruption, where every company and every computer and every person must constantly adopt NEW NEW NEW, in order to stay NON-ADAPTED to reality. Move fast and break things, never leave well enough alone. “Well enough” is unthink.
The goal is always exponential, and the horizon (like the number of booster shots) constantly moves farther ahead. This is a world designed by psychopathic demons, not a world designed by normal people or engineers or gods.
Darwinian evolution is self refuting.
Darwinian processes must have built in mechanisms limiting change. Or else the species would out compete the ecology, thus destroying it and itself.
This obvious necessity has been hiding in plain site since the beginning.