Monday, 2 June 2014

The "third way" of evolution?

A new web site devoted to "new thinking on evolution" has been launched. It's titled "The Third Way". It bills itself as follows:

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 supernatural intervention by a divine Creator. The other way is Neo-Darwinism, which has elevated Natural Selection into a unique creative force that solves all the difficult evolutionary problems. Both views are inconsistent with significant bodies of empirical evidence and have evolved into hard-line ideologies. There is a need for a more open “third way” of discussing evolutionary change based on empirical observations.
Comparing Neo-Darwinism with creationism seems likely to irritate supporters of the former.

At the moment, the site apparently mainly consists of a list of people and a list of books.

It seems a bit disappointing. Surely the biggest current revolution in Darwinism is the expansion of its domain - to cover physics, chemistry, culture and other domains - often referred to as "Universal Darwinism". That revolution apparently gets no coverage on the site. If you compare their book list with my Universal Darwinism book list, there's no overlap.

It seems as though they are missing the revolution.

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