A friend shared this recent piece from Discover Magazine, which features an interview with the renowned biologist Lynn Margulis. And I thought it was worth sharing with you lot on this blog.
Some revealing highlights:
All scientists agree that evolution has occurred… The question is, is natural selection enough to explain evolution? … This is the problem I have with neo-Darwinists: They teach that what is generating novelty is the accumulation of random mutations in DNA, in a direction set by natural selection… Natural selection eliminates and maybe maintains, but it doesn’t create. …I was taught over and over again that the accumulation of random mutations led to evolutionary change — led to new species. I believed it until I looked for evidence. …There is no gradualism in the fossil record… ‘Punctuated equilibrium’ was invented to describe the discontinuity. …The critics, including the creationist critics, are right about their criticism. It’s just that they’ve got nothing to offer but intelligent design or ‘God did it.’ They have no alternatives that are scientific. …
The evolutionary biologists believe the evolutionary pattern is a tree. It’s not. The evolutionary pattern is a web… [emphasis added].
This is the kind of of intellectual honesty, and open-minded pursuit of facts and truth, upon which science thrives. Who knows; maybe, if Margulis were to spend some time time getting acquainted with the principles and inferential basis of design detection, she might be more inclined to favour a more teleological understanding of evolution.