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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

Fight Club: Jordan Peterson vs. Cathy Newman

The first rule of Fight Club is to prepare for Fight Club. This video, in which journalist Cathy Newman interviews psychologist Jordan B. Peterson on Britain’s Channel 4, is an object lesson in how NOT to do an interview, even though I found the exchange entertaining. Newman didn’t do her homework, and her conversation is motivated […]

Laland at it again: touts a “radically different” account of evolution

Yes, the folks who want evolutionary biology to be radically expanded to take into account phenomena like development, “niche construction,” culture, and epigenetics are at it again, and again they have nothing to offer but a few lab examples mixed with a lot of hype. And the promoter of this view is once again Kevin […]

“Authoritarian Leftism is an impossible project”: Nick Cohen on censorship

Nick Cohen’s new piece in the Guardian, “Censorship wins no arguments and just helps the right“, makes the same point that Steve Pinker did in his remarks at the Spiked discussion at Harvard: by deeming some subjects taboo to discuss, or dismissing them as unworthy of discussion, the Left drives people rightwards. While this claim […]