Why yet another website about evolution?
You might well ask! Contrary to popular belief, the more we discover about biology, the stronger becomes the case against (macro)evolution. So as it’s over 10 years since writing Evolution under the microscope it’s time to bring it up to date in the light of recent developments; and using a website means updating can be an ongoing process. It's also a good opportunity to include e.g. book reviews and blog articles.
The site includes:
- A summary of the theory of evolution:
- including not only evidence supporting or consistent with evolution (which you can find in almost any textbook on the subject),
- but also evidence that is not consistent with evolution (which rarely if ever is included in textbooks).
- A sensible and meaningful distinction between microevolution and macroevolution.
- The scientific case against macroevolution:
- not only the complexity of biological systems, especially at the molecular level (the intelligent design argument),
- but also the evidence from homology, which is widely cited as supporting evolution, but there are many examples that clearly contradict common ancestry.
- The more we find out about how biological mechanisms work – both the sophistication of molecular mechanisms (for example, see the animation of DNA replication), and the complexity of gene regulation and expression – the more incredible it is that such components and systems could have arisen in a blind or opportunistic trial-and-error manner.
- The more we learn about the sophistication of embryonic development, the more evident it is that early developmental mechansims could not possibly be tinkered with (in a blind trial-and-error manner); so the stronger is the case that anomalous embryonic development of presumed 'homologies' in fact negates that homology, and refutes a common ancestry of the organisms having those non-homologies.
- Discussion of some evolutionary favourites such as the evolution of eyes.
- Book reviews / critiques
– especially to expose the bad science in popular books by Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne.
Discoveries in the last 10 years have added weight to both of these arguments:
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1. Image from http://www.wehi.edu.au/wehi-tv/molecular-visualisations-dna
Page created February 2017; last revised November 2017.