James Shapiro, author of Evolution: A view from the 21st century is holding a zoom meet March 8, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST (Time zones.), celebrating the re-release of his 2011 book on natural genetic engineering:
From the classroom to the laboratory, conventional wisdom still paints evolution as the passive result of mutational accidents and natural selection. A modern vision of evolution recognizes that all living beings, from the simplest organisms to humans, actively modify their read-write (RW) genomes as they evolve.
In an unpredictable world, the ability to evolve actively is essential to survival. Today, understanding evolution is equally critical to our shared future…
James A. Shapiro, Professor in the University of Chicago’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is a leading bacterial geneticist, the discoverer of transposable elements in bacteria, and the key researcher involved in first organizing the field of mobile genetic elements. The earliest proponent of “natural genetic engineering” as a basic feature of evolution, he has been a leading scientific critic of orthodox evolutionary theory for 20 years.
A friend writes to say that’s good because it’s hard to get a copy of the 2011 edition new and even the second-hand copies are expensive.
You may also wish to read: University of Chicago biochemist: All living cells are cognitive James Shapiro’s recent paper points out, with examples, that bacteria meet the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of “cognitive.”
Future debates over origins of intelligence, consciousness, etc., may mainly feature panpsychists vs. theists rather than materialists vs. theists.