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Dissapointing and Irritating,
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This review is from: What Darwin Got Wrong (Hardcover)
When I started reading it I was genuinely interested, but as I read on I became less interested and more irritated- my criticisms are as follows:
1)Too many words that are clearly used to make the aurthors feel superior and constantly having to consult a dictionary is incredibly annoying.
2)None of the arguments made are either new or convincing in the radical way they are made (though they are right to point out evolutionary constraints etc, just not to make the absurd leap to the conclusion that natural selection is unimportant).
3)They constantly quote Ernst Mayr from 1963 (I thought we were in 2010) and they seem to suggest that real scientists believe in bean bag genetics. Nobody believes in bean bag genetics, it is just a way of explaining an idea.
4)As I understand it they argue that because you can't tell which trait is being directly selected for and which is a hitchhiking trait, then by some logic it means that selection can't be important. They raise an interesting point (though it's been around for over 30 years) but the degree to which they take the argument is absurd.
5)Their criticisms of game theory are weak. Game theory is a way of simplifying interactions between individuals/species and is thus a model. No model is taken as literal truth.
6)They seem unable to explain their argument in simple terms. The second half (the harder of the two parts) seems to be full of philosophical smugness at their own power of reasoning and as such comes across as elitist (not helped by the continual use of latin, french phrases and Jerry Fodor's jacket photograph)
I have to say the more I read the more I found myself shouting "that's not an argument against natural selection".
I recommend reading it as an intelectual exercise, but don't expect the current concensus of evolution (largely) by natural selection to be blown apart. One consolation is that it is a very nicely produced book and will look good on the shelf.
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Initial post: 17 Mar 2010 07:56:13 GMT
E. H. Andrews says:
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Mar 2010 09:46:50 GMT
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K. J. Wright says:
...E. H. Andrews, thanks for warning me off your propaganda tract. Your shameless self promotion is almost as absurd as your faith.
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