Denis Noble Challenges neo-Darwinism


Lines are being drawn. Positions are being taken. Denis Noble has flung down the gauntlet. Neo-Darwinism no longer has the field to itself. Lamarckism is back.

I am pleased to have Denis Noble's permission to summarize a recent article of his. “The language of neo-Darwinism and 20th century biology reflect highly reductionist philosophical and scientific viewpoints, the concepts of which are not required by the scientific discoveries themselves.” These concepts form “a biased interpretative veneer that can hide those discoveries in a web of interpretation. I refer to a web of interpretation as it is the whole conceptual scheme of new-Darwinism that creates the difficulty. Each concept and metaphor reinforces the overall mindset until it is almost impossible to stand outside it and appreciate how beguiling it is.” More...