Issue of the month: 2, Natural selection: not the best idea anyone ever had.

Number 2 in a series of articles casting doubt on the Modern Synthesis. There isn't much for Darwin to be very famous for. Evolution and humans evolving from apes had been headline news for 15 years before Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species." Darwin took his theory of natural selection directly from the popular science of his day, livestock breeding, yet his theory failed to account for where either species or variation came from. Within 50 years his name had dropped out of sight. He only became very famous when his theory was combined with genetics in The Modern Synthesis. But that too turned out to be not the best idea anyone ever had. More...

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