Denton: animal physique sorts as “adaptive masks”

Photograph: Richard Owen (left); subsequent to him is the skeleton of a big moa, by John van Voorst [Public domain]†

On a traditional ID the longer term episode, biologist Michael Denton discusses the implications of recurring animal physique plans, arguing that they’re predetermined sorts that help much less basic “adaptive masks.” Denton questions the flexibility of a Darwinian course of to clarify these high-level patterns present in residing techniques, such because the recurring physique plan of bugs. As a substitute, he means that these recurring varieties come up from the unique “primordial patterns,” as argued by Nineteenth-century opponents of Darwinism equivalent to Richard Owen and Louis Agassiz. Denton says their arguments had been brushed apart by these fixated on a Darwinian/adaptationist mannequin, however by no means answered successfully. dr. Denton is the creator, most lately, of the capstone work in his Privileged Species sequence, The miracle of man: the fine-tuning of nature for human existenceObtain the podcast or take heed to it right here

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