Darwinian Horror Story: Lamarck Back from the Grave
On a new episode of ID the Future, Ray Bohlin interviews Cornelius Hunter, a biologist and Center for Science & Culture Fellow, about the growing problem that epigenetics poses for Neo-Darwinism.
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Modern evolutionary theory has long insisted that genes and genetic mutations are where the evolutionary action is, and dismissed the early 19th-century naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck for suggesting that new environmental pressures could drive heritable changes in a population within a single generation. But as Hunter explains, recent experiments reveal that this does happen and epigenetic sources in the cell are the key drivers.
Worse for mainstream evolutionists, this epigenetic machinery is not easily domesticated into the Darwinian agenda of keeping teleology out of the picture.
Image: Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, by Charles Thévenin [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.