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on 20 February 2010
Written by two atheists, "What Darwin Got Wrong" is an attack on natural selection but not evolution (i.e. they think evolution proceeds by other, unexplained mechanisms). Generally, the text is quite hard to follow; the authors' ideas are never presented in clear, simple language.

There are two sections. The first aims to convince you that biology is very complex, with multiple interactions between genes, environments and traits; and so evolution is much more complex than one might imagine. That's fine as far as it goes.

The second section is where the book falls over. Here the authors present a very peculiar, "philosophical" argument that natural selection is meaningless. Traits, they tell us, often coexist. For example, a frog's trait of snapping at flies is also the trait of snapping at small black objects. Since these traits come together, there's no way to tell which trait is being selected for; thus natural selection is nonsense.

If this seems like a good argument then I don't know how to help you. I've seen much more coherent arguments from bona fide creationists.

Strangely, Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini say that artificial selection makes sense (unlike natural selection) because there is a mind doing the selecting. Yet it's unclear why that matters: in both cases organisms vary in their reproductive success, and the ones that do reproduce are the ones that pass along their genes.

Having finished the book, I'm happy that evolutionists can still sleep safely in their beds.
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