i admit, i have a lot of troubles with understanding evolutionary theory, especially, how it works. I have seen a lot of stuff, a lot of it don’t make sense in the light of the theory (e.g. convergent evolution or evolutionary stasis) … i have also heard from you guys a lot of very very very absurd stories - not easy to believe when you are a 21st century engineer … so i admit, i don’t understand, but i keep trying…
However, it seems i am not the only one who has troubles with understanding evolutionary theory.
Have you heard of the THIRD WAY ? It is a project launched by prof. James A. Shapiro and Denis Noble. Launched in 2014. There are lots of other people behind this project. Please note, these guys are secular scientists, they do not doubt evolution, they just think it works in very different way as taught today, they almost sound like Intelligent design advocates (they are not, there is a disclaimer on their website)
their official website:
Prof. Shapiro sits in the same building with Jerry Coyne. Is it not strange? Two colleagues and such radical different views on evolutionary theory?
Now, some quotes from the THIRD WAY website:
“The vast majority of people believe that there are only two alternative ways to explain the origins of biological diversity. One way is Creationism that depends upon intervention by a divine Creator. That is clearly unscientific because it brings an arbitrary supernatural force into the evolution process. The commonly accepted alternative is Neo-Darwinism, which is clearly naturalistic science but ignores much contemporary molecular evidence and invokes a set of unsupported assumptions about the accidental nature of hereditary variation.”
"Neo-Darwinism ignores important rapid evolutionary processes such as symbiogenesis, horizontal DNA transfer, action of mobile DNA and epigenetic modifications. "
and, here is quite a radical view on Natural Selection:
“Moreover, some Neo-Darwinists have elevated Natural Selection into a unique creative force that solves all the difficult evolutionary problems without a real empirical basis. Many scientists today see the need for a deeper and more complete exploration of all aspects of the evolutionary process.”
" The DNA record does not support the assertion that small random mutations are the main source of new and useful variations. We now know that the many different processes of variation involve well regulated cell action on DNA molecules."
So, these guys seem to be confused too …
So now we have: Creationists, Neo-Darwinists, and the Third Way… great!