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How much does the Modern Synthesis explain?

This¬† is a thought-provoking review article by Jonathan Bard of Oxford on both James Shapiro’s Evolution – a View from the 21st Century¬† and Transformations of Lamarckism: from Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology edited by S.B. Gissis & E. Jablonka, which is a historical assessment of Lamarck and his intellectual successors. Those of my acquaintances who struggled to understand Shapiro will be comforted that Bard agrees you need a biology degree to make much sense of it. After succinctly describing the Evolutionary Synthesis in classical population genetics terms, Bard says this: The enormous amount of molecular information that has emerged during the last couple of decades is making us review … Continue reading

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