Friday, March 11, 2005

Addendum to "On the fringe"

It just occurred to me that John Davison's qualm with Darwinian theory is like a doppleganger to Ernst Mayr's complaints about "bean bag genetics."

[T]he Darwinists refuse to consider that evolution might be subject to laws and precise mathematical relationships such as those that govern virtually every aspect of the inanimate world.
The beanbag genetics that Mayr mocked attempted to do precisely that -- come up with mathematical formulas that govern evolutionary genetics. Of course, Davison is not mocking the noted beanbag geneticists such as Haldane, Wright, or Fisher; he is, in fact, ignorant of their body of work. This puts new meaning to the phrase "argument from ignorance."


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