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What Is Darwinism?
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Don’t Call it "Darwinism"
Let’s Get Rid of Darwinism
I'm not a Darwinist, but I Ain't Signing
Why I'm Not a Darwinist
In our discussion about the differences between the human and chimp genome sequences, we've been talking about Neutral Theory, molecular mutation rates, population genetics, and random genetic drift. These are not traditional Darwinian topics. Nevertheless, the Intelligent Design Creationists over at Uncommon Descent want to make sure that everyone knows I'm a true Darwinist.
Branko Kozulic responds to Professor Moran.
Is Professor Moran a Darwinist, protestations to the contrary notwithstanding?
On many occasions, Professor Moran has publicly stated that he does not consider himself a Darwinist. We would be in perfect agreement with him, and we ourselves would be happy to be called evolutionists, based on the following simple definition of evolution (Gillespie, p. xi): "Evolution is the change in the frequencies of genotypes through time, perhaps due to their differences in fitness." But there is one crucial issue that divides us: the fundamental claim of Darwinism that variations among individuals of one species are fundamentally no different in kind from the variations between individuals of different species. We disagree. As long as Professor Moran accepts and promotes the above claim, he remains (in this important respect) a Darwinist, notwithstanding his protestations to the contrary.
To avoid any misunderstandings, we would like to say that we regard population genetics as an exact science. One of us (BK) views the present relationship between Darwinism and population genetics as follows: Darwinism is torturing population genetics to deliver what it cannot deliver – models that do not contradict what we currently know about the differences between species, which have been identified in the sequenced genomes of several thousand species.
Given the vital importance of population genetics models, we hope Professor Moran will answer all of the above questions. Since he is a biochemist, he can hardly be expected to know all the intricacies of population genetics (and neither would we claim to possess such knowledge), so we would encourage him to consult the textbooks and ask for assistance from his colleagues.