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Kauffman’ s forgotten dissent on darwinism

February 11th, 2015 · No Comments

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap2_2.htm Here’s a quote from WHEE on Kauffman’s dissent on darwinism. Yet his book is almost forgotten at this point. I think that the frustration of the Darwin debate is the way that the testimony of the real experts here has been bypassed as the endless reign of the Dawkins regime of fallacy has gone on and on and on. This is by this time a world historical calamity that throws a dark light on science.

Again, as S. Kauffman notes in At Home in the Universe, “Since Darwin, we turn to a single, singular force, Natural Selection, which we might well capitalize as though it were the new deity. Random variation, selection-sifting. Without it, we reason, there would be nothing but incoherent disorder. I shall argue in this book that this idea is wrong. For, as we shall see, the emerging sciences of complexity begin to suggest that the order is not all accidental, that vast veins of spontaneous order lie at hand. Laws of complexity spontaneously generate much of the order of the natural world. It is only then that selection comes into play, further molding and refining.”

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