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Epigenetics: Aeon writer says Darwin’s theory is “incomplete”

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From Michael Skinner at Aeon:

Darwin’s theory that natural selection drives evolution is incomplete without input from evolution’s anti-hero: Lamarck

If sneers had weight, the Darwinian sneers against Lamarck over the last century or so would have crushed the Royal Society building to rubble. Let’s remember that when we hear bafflegab PR about how nothing has changed. When we read stuff like this, a lot of things have changed.

One problem with Darwin’s theory is that, while species do evolve more adaptive traits (called phenotypes by biologists), the rate of random DNA sequence mutation turns out to be too slow to explain many of the changes observed. Scientists, well-aware of the issue, have proposed a variety of genetic mechanisms to compensate: genetic drift, in which small groups of individuals undergo dramatic genetic change; or epistasis, in which one set of genes suppress another, to name just two.

Another method has been to demand support for Darwinism based on faith alone.

Yet even with such mechanisms in play, genetic mutation rates for complex organisms such as humans are dramatically lower than the frequency of change for a host of traits, from adjustments in metabolism to resistance to disease. The rapid emergence of trait variety is difficult to explain just through classic genetics and neo-Darwinian theory. To quote the prominent evolutionary biologist Jonathan B L Bard, who was paraphrasing T S Eliot: ‘Between the phenotype and genotype falls the shadow.’

Just think, things have changed so much that Skinner probably won’t call down a firestorm on his head for saying this as a plain fact, without pledging faith in Darwin anyway.

At the start, Lamarck might have been pilloried as a religious heretic, but in modern times, it is the orthodoxy of science – and especially Darwin’s untouchable theory of evolution – that has caused his name to be treated as a joke. Yet by the end of his career, Darwin himself had come around; even without the benefit of molecular biology, he could see that random changes were not fast enough to support his theory in full.

So we admit this now: Lamarck was right and his orthodox Darwinist defamers were wrong.

Let’s never forget that. The Darwinists would like us to. They lost with Lamarck, but there are many other good ideas about evolution out there to suppress, while the opportunity still exists.

It was Thomas Kuhn who in 1962 suggested that when a current paradigm reveals anomalies then new science needs to be considered – that is how scientific revolutions are born.

Not if Darwinism can procure a very late-term abortion.

A unified theory of evolution should combine both neo-Lamarckian and neo-Darwinian aspects to expand our understanding of how environment impacts evolution. The contributions of Lamarck more than 200 years ago should not be discounted because of Darwin, but instead integrated to generate a more impactful and insightful theory. Likewise, genetics and epigenetics must not be seen as conflicting areas, but instead, integrated to provide a broader repertoire of molecular factors to explain how life is controlled. More.

There is no question that the integration would help. But more than fine words are needed. As long as Darwin’s thugs are allowed to dominate, we’ll still be here in twenty years. We know what’s true, but is it on the courses? In the textbooks?

We need separation of Darwinism and science to advance much further.

See also: Darwinism: Replacement or extension?

and

Epigenetic change: Lamarck, wake up, you’re wanted in the conference room!

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7 Replies to “Epigenetics: Aeon writer says Darwin’s theory is “incomplete”

  1. 1
    PaV says:

    News:

    One problem with Darwin’s theory is that, while species do evolve more adaptive traits (called phenotypes by biologists), the rate of random DNA sequence mutation turns out to be too slow to explain many of the changes observed. Scientists, well-aware of the issue, have proposed a variety of genetic mechanisms to compensate: genetic drift, in which small groups of individuals undergo dramatic genetic change; or epistasis, in which one set of genes suppress another, to name just two

    This is what we, here at UD, have argued about with evolutionists for years. As has been stated many times before, Darwinism is based on NON-evidence; it survives by invoking the invisible: i.e., genetic drift (which, of course, occurs; but which, by itself, is impotent) and epi-stasis: which is simply reverse logic: we see something not working any longer, so “evolution did-it” (the equivalent of “God-did-it”) [[[Of course, God, as defined, has the power to bring about creation, while ‘evolution’ does not. You simply have to “believe” the evolutionists.]]]

    Genetic drift in a population is like having a series of sets of pedestals built, with one pedestal quite low, and one quite high. Atop the low pedestals stand humans. None of them can jump high enough to land on the higher pedestal (the barrier to significant phenotypic change), except, if you have enough of them, one of them will be built with an intermediary pedestal between the low and the high. Now, with the intermediary in place, the human can make it to the top by first jumping to the intermediary pedestal, and then from there to the higher one. But it happens that when you look at the specifications the construction company followed in building these sets of pedestals, it shows NO ‘intermediary’ pedestal. But the ‘evolutionists’ say: “Oh, if the construction company makes enough of them, surely they’ll screw up somewhere.” Yet, if you look around, there is no evidence that this ‘intermediary’ pedestal is anywhere to be found; it is simply conjectured.

    In the case of “epi-statis,” it is the same premise, but in this case the evolutionists suppose that one of the higher pedestals wasn’t built, and so no barrier exists at this one place for the ‘significant phenotypic change’ to take place.

    But, again, the blueprints don’t show this; and, if you look around, you won’t see it. It’s simply supposed based on the sheer number of pedestals that are being built.

    NON-Evidence all the way down; and, beginning with the fossil record!!

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    PaV says:

    Here’s a critical quote from the article:

    Nearly all types of genetic mutations are known to have a precursor epigenetic change that increases the susceptibility to develop that mutation. We observed that direct environmental exposure in the first generation had epigenetic changes and no genetic mutations but, transgenerationally, an increase in genetic mutations was identified. Since environmental epigenetics can promote both trait variation and mutations, it accelerates the engine of evolution in a way that Darwinian mechanisms alone cannot.

    So, you see, random variation is not so ‘random,’ as I’ve been suggesting for over eight years, and, of course, “evolution” is supposed to be fueled by the mutations (IOW, if nothing changes, there is nothing for preferential death to work on [otherwise known as NS]).

    There’s not much of Darwinism left at the end of the day.

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    AhmedKiaan says:

    Boy Howdy, Americans are such idiots. You elect a racist conman for president? So glad I’m going back to my country in May. PaV, why don’t you write us up a nice big post on HIV/AIDS. You americans are such smart people! Show us more how smart you are.

  4. 4
    Silver Asiatic says:

    AhmedKiaan

    Boy Howdy, Americans are such idiots … racist …

    Your tolerance and love for all nationalities is nicely on display for us all here. LOL.

  5. 5
    Dionisio says:

    Silver Asiatic,
    Did you ask your politely dissenting interlocutor how was his celebration last Tuesday night, as he had announced to all here the day before?
    Did he enjoy it?
    🙂
    Apparently it was during a chat about Ireland defeating NZ, but he never mentioned what game he was talking about.

  6. 6
    PaV says:

    AK:

    I gave you ample opportunities to explain to everyone here how, 40 years after the discovery of HIV, there is no vaccine for the virus.

    You decline again, and again. I guess it’s our loss.

    Mumps virus causes mumps. Measele virus causes measles. Smallpox virus causes smallpox. HIV causes??? Well, it depends. It’s actually a list of over 25 different diseases.

    Happy to see you leaving the US. Now, if only you would leave UD.

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    Mung says:

    Boy Howdy, Americans are such idiots. You elect a racist conman for president?

    More African-Americans voted for Trump than voted for Romney.

    More Mexican-Americans voted for Trump than voted for Romney.

    Look at the people around Trump. If you dare.

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