The real problem is, nothing is happening the way evolutionary biologists shouted at the public about for decades anyway. Trilobites from 429 million years ago, for example, shouldn’t have eyes like bumblebees. But they do. Their internal warfare is, of course, a tactical distraction from the fact that basically, they’re probably all on the wrong track.
Be careful not to frighten them. They’ll run back into the burning building.
They sound so cautious, feeling their way through the ruins of the certainties of classical neo-Darwinism—the kind where it was easy to wreck people’s careers over doubt.
Here’s a spring conference of possible interest: Evolution Evolving: Process, Mechanism and Theory Churchill College, University of Cambridge, UK 1-4 April 2019 Evolutionary biology is a vibrant field with a theoretical framework that itself evolves. The Evolution Evolving conference will focus on some emerging themes in the relationship between development and evolution. Topics include the Read More…