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Harvard molecular geneticist vindicates Behe’s principle argument in ‘Darwin Devolves’

Harvard molecular geneticist vindicates Behe’s principle argument in ‘Darwin Devolves’

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When Michael Behe’s book Darwin Devolves came out last year, critics were quick to pounce. Skeptic Magazine wrote that “In Darwin Devolves, Michael Behe continues to dig himself further into the hole he opened 20 years ago with Darwin’s Black Box.” Three Quarks Daily stated that Behe’s central thesis in the book, “is clickbait, the book title misleading, and the argument long since rebutted.” That thesis is what Behe calls the “first rule of adaptive evolution,” namely that Darwinian processes tend to “Break or blunt any functional gene whose loss would increase the number of a species’s offspring.” A review in the journal Science called Behe’s arguments “quixotic” and charged that “[t]here are indeed many examples of loss-of-function mutations that are advantageous, but Behe is selective in his examples” — so much so that Behe “misrepresents theory and avoids evidence that challenges him.” A response in the journal Evolution had this to say: Concise, catchy and matter-of-fact,…
Source: Harvard molecular geneticist vindicates Behe’s principle argument in ‘Darwin Devolves’

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