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James Shapiro, in his attempts to forge a new evolutionary paradigm, is reduced to going after my commenters

My Chicago colleague James Shapiro appears to have been badly stung by my repeated criticisms of his attempts to forge a new evolutionary view based on the “self-engineering” of organisms and their DNA (see here,  here, here, and here, for instance). This will be the last time I comment on Shapiro’s PuffHo pieces, as I […]

James Shapiro gets evolution wrong again

When is PuffHo going to realize that they’re publishing criticisms of evolutionary biology that are deeply misguided? Do they have no worries about misleading the public with bad science? I refer to the recurring posts of my Chicago colleague James Shapiro, who is making a PuffHo blogging career out of attacking “neoDarwinism,” the modern theory […]

Larry Moran reviews Shapiro’s anti-Darwinian book; and another new anti-evolution book is about to appear

I’ve been criticizing James Shapiro’s HuffPo columns on neo-Darwinism (he sees it as all wrong) for a while now, but only recently noticed that for some time Larry Moran has been making more thorough criticisms of Shapiro’s columns and his recent new book at Moran’s website Sandwalk. You can find Larry’s comments collected here. As […]

James Shapiro goes after natural selection again (twice) on HuffPo

I hate to give attention to my Chicago colleague James Shapiro’s bizarre ideas about evolution, which he publishes weekly on HuffPo rather than in peer-reviewed journals. His Big Idea is that natural selection has not only been overemphasized in evolution, but appears to play very little role at all.  Even though he’s spreading nonsense in […]

Shapiro’s anti-Darwinian book gets panned

By way of introducing today’s post, I’ll put above the fold a comment I got last night from a reader: themayan commented on Jim Shapiro continues his misguided attack on neo-Darwinism Lets stop the BS! The Neo-Darwinian synthesis/ the modern synthesis is dead and has been dead for a long time. It’s an out dated […]

Jim Shapiro continues his misguided attack on neo-Darwinism

The science editor of HuffPo keeps asking me to come aboard and contribute a column, and I keep saying that I’m not going to write for free for a profit-making venture (their columnists are all wage slaves, or rather no-wage slaves, since they’re never paid). And I always take the opportunity to offer some “constructive” […]

James Shapiro’s theory of evolution

It’s Lamarckian, too! (From Pastis’s strip on GoComics): h/t: Steve

Monday: Hili dialogue

Well, the weekend is over, though Grania tells me that today, March 19, 2018, is a “bank holiday” in Ireland, marking St. Paddy’s Day. It’s also National Oatmeal Cookie Day, the WORST of all possible cookies. I can’t think of a cookie I’d like to eat less. Over in Poland, everyone’s celebrating Kashubian Unity Day.  […]

London Police to enforce thoughtcrime, Britain circling the free-speech drain

Several days ago three extreme right-wing nativists, Lauren Southern, Brittany Pettibone, and Martin Sellner, were refused entry to the UK (they are Canadian, American, and Austrian, respectively). The reason was that Pettibone and Southern set up a booth in Luton handing out pamphlets claiming that “Allah is a gay god,” while Sellner was going to […]

FIRE’s worst colleges for free speech, and their Lifetime Censorship Award

FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, has named the ten worst American campuses for free speech over the last year. In addition, they’ve given a “Lifetime Censorship” award to a school with a persistent history of censorship over time. Click on the screenshot below if you want to see the distressing details. First, […]