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Pages: 320
Publisher: Park Street Press
Year: 2000
ISBN: 0892818840
ISBN: 978-0892818846

Shattering the Myths of Darwinism (Buy Now)

Richard Milton
Based on the one star reviews of this book I expected a \"creationist rehash.\" As a biologist trained in animal behavor I read nothing of the kind. Milton\'s arguments are clear and well argued; he is at his best at demonstrating the circular and nonexplanatory arguments used to keep neo-Darwinian \"theory\" viable. A previous negative review tells the reader to go and read a book on Darwin\'s finches--Milton devotes a full chapter to the arguments for \"speciation\" taken from the finch research. The finches of the different islands mate with one another and are not geograpically isolated from one another--while their beaks may differ in size and shape the finches are no more separate species than a poodle is a separate species from a bull dog. Variation within a species does not prove neo-Darwinism as \"the origin of the species.\" To the potential reader and Mr. Milton (if he reads these reviews), I would urge a review of the most recent research of Hall on the specificity of adaptive mutagenesis and a reading of Ted Steels\'s new book \"Lamarck\'s Signature\" on retrogenes. Both lines of research are mentioned briefly by Milton--I believe a third edition incorporating these new theories and findings is needed. Milton looks like a young man--I hope he keeps up the search for truth in evolutionary biology gives us a new edition of this important work.