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Officially printed responses to that Nature “rethink evolution” article

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Remember: Top sci mag Nature says urgent rethink sought on evolution theory but … it might make people think they support ID.

Well, here are three responses from the current issue. First:

I asked my third- and fourth-year undergraduate students whether they thought that evolutionary theory needs rethinking (see Nature 514, 161–164; 2014). More than two-thirds (26 out of 38) argued that it did not … (paywall)

To be expected. He (and especially she who would shout in Darwin’s name is assured a living, irrespective of fact base. All who deal in evidence must fight for their professional lives. )


The debate on rethinking evolutionary theory (see Nature 514, 161–164; 2014) should include viruses. By integrating into host DNA, viruses have markedly influenced the evolution and development of cellular organisms (see, for example, F. Baluška Ann. NY Acad. Sci. 1178, 106–119; 2009). (paywall)

Yes, of course it should. But viruses can only help us understand some problems; they are not a magic bullet. See also: Viruses are not fourth domain of life


Standard evolutionary theory should incorporate the complexity of adaptive evolving systems — including species, niches and environment — as dynamic relationship networks (see Nature 514, 161–164; 2014).

For example, epigenetic inheritance — which changes gene expression but not the DNA sequence — involves the storage of molecular information and its retrieval, transfer and processing at … (You have to pay to read the article.)

Yes, and what happens if it turns out that decades of tenured suppression of unorthodox opinion have put the discipline on the wrong track. When does it become okay to correct course openly?

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One Reply to “Officially printed responses to that Nature “rethink evolution” article

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    Robert Byers says:

    What do students/kids know about complicated matters in biology?
    If they miss the present intellectual revolution on origin issues then they are missing everything.
    As ID/YEC puts the pressure on the bad guys will be forced to PROVE evolution is a viable hypothesis.
    They can’t do it. I think they smell they can’t do it.
    Ask these kids to name their top three biological scientific evidence for the great claim of evolutionary biology!!
    No need to read biology textbooks as nothin there either!

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