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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, 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

An author jumps the shark on evolution

Wikipedia describes Perry Marshall like this: Perry Sink Marshall (born April 10, 1969) is an American online marketing strategist, entrepreneur, and author of several books, most notably the bestsellers Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords and Ultimate Guide to Facebook Advertising. He speaks at conferences and corporate events and runs seminars about Google AdWords and Pay-per-click […]

Mae-Wan Ho and Suzan Mazur: the blind leading the blind about evolution

Mae-Wan Ho is a scientist known, to me at least, for unproductive work: dissing GMOs and biotechnology and, especially, relentlessly attacking “neo-Darwinism”, the modern theory of evolution. Ho is also head of an unfortunately named organization; as Wikipedia notes: Ho is the director of the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS), an interest group that campaigns […]

A Marshall McLuhan moment with creationist Paul Nelson

Even if you haven’t seen “Annie Hall,” you need to watch this video showing a wonderful scene from the movie. Woody Allen and Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) are in line for a movie, and a pompous academic behind them pontificates about the film in an extremely annoying way, mentioning Marshall McLuhan (a Sixties cultural icon). […]

Another antiselectionist, Stuart Newman, surfaces at PuffHo

This time I’m not going to discuss Jim Shapiro’s misguided dismissal of natural selection (I’m done with him), but, like the Lernaean hydra, when you cut off one antiselectionist head, another pops up elsewhere.  This has just happened at PuffHo, where Stuart Newman, a professor of cell biology and anatomy at New York Medical College, […]

A colleague wrongfully disses modern evolutionary theory

UPDATE:  Dr. Shapiro sent me a response to my critique below and asked me to post it; I have done so in the comments (here), and have written a brief response directly below it. ____________ Jim Shapiro is a professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology here at the University of Chicago, so I suppose he […]

Another free evolution book

Get this while you can:  it’s a free Kindle copy of Evolution: A View from the 21st Century by James Shapiro.  I haven’t read it, but the price is right. Jim Shapiro is heterodox in his views and opposed to much of modern evolutionary theory, so this may be a strange book.  Weigh in if […]