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Letter to the Editor - Sept. 6

September 06, 2013

TV programs and school texts using Neo-Darwinism


To the editor:

Allan Powell’s column (Aug. 23) gives examples from Mario Livio’s book “Brilliant Blunders.” He takes Darwin and his theory as an example of mistaken genius rescued by later scientists who work out the genetic gaps in his theory.

Today, this patched-up version is called Neo-Darwinism — what you see on TV science programs and in school texts. This version still suffers as more real science data is gathered, especially in the new field of Epigenomics. The Cambrian Explosion, the sudden appearance of all the basic animal life forms in the fossil record within a few million years, is once again the problem recognized by Darwin.

Neither the original nor the countless new versions of Neo-Darwinism can give a coherent account of how unguided random mutations sorted out by natural selections can produce the systems of digital information and control that oversee every aspect of life at the cellular level. One defender of the Darwinian faith tells us that to get things started we just have to believe in a special first step. Perhaps we have a closet creationist getting peer-reviewed papers printed as evolution “science.”

Gene mutations accomplished experimentally prove that body changes needed to move up the “Tree of Life” require a suite of simultaneous adaptations — not a sequence of gradually “selected” mutations. To understand the status of Darwin’s theory today, I suggest reading the following books: two by Stephen C. Meyer, “Darwin’s Doubt” and “Signature In The Cell,” and “The Mysterious Epigenome” by Thomas Woodward and James Gills. 

Richard Giovanoni
Hagerstown

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