… (here), aren’t origin of life, extraterrestrial life, and human evolution degenerate research programs? That’s not to say no one should follow them up. Lakatos himself didn’t say that. But it may be some help to just confront the fact that for origin of life, we have no satisfactory account, for ET, no example, and for human evolution, a variety of conflicting narratives.
And then there’s Darwinism, forever demonstrated in theory and never in fact.
Why should anyone be expected to credit anything much about any of these fields?
More from Lakatos here.