Misquoting - Misquoting The flaws in this chapter go deeper...

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Misquoting The flaws in this chapter go deeper than merely deepening confusion over basic concepts and omitting references to work which address questions they raise. At critical points, EE quotes biologists in ways which misrepresent their views and distort the state of scientific and philosophical discourse about homology and related concepts. To present the discredited 19th century quibbles of Louis Agassiz as if they had never been addressed is ahistorical and absurd. Claiming that Brian Goodwin rejects evolution as a force which explains homology is plainly wrong. David Wake's concerns over the philosophical definition of homology does not reflect any objection to the use of biological similarity and difference to develop and test hypotheses about evolution. This merely reflects EE 's needless focus on a single word, rather than the way that evolutionary biology is actually practiced in the 21st century. Brian Goodwin Summary of problems: Some similarity of shape might be explained by "natural laws," more commonly referred to among evolutionary biologists as constraints. Such constraints arise through restrictions on the range of variation capable of being produce. Brian Goodwin researches ways in which fundamental mathematical principles place limits on evolution. Such constraints will not be evolutionarily informative, since natural selection can only operate on available variation. EE wrongly claims that Goodwin's research is an alternative to homology, when it actually relies on homology and common descent. Full discussion: The authors of EE move their inaccurate presentation of homology forward from irrelevant discussions of 19th misunderstandings of evolution to the 20th century in this brief account of Brian Goodwin's process structuralism. They cite Goodwin's work as a challenge to evolution, but this misrepresents his views. Goodwin views evolution through a different lens, but does not deny universal common descent nor the power of the full range of naturalistic evolutionary processes. Goodwin suggests that there are biological rules constraining the sorts of growth
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course BIOLOGY BSC1086L taught by Professor Leostouder during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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Misquoting - Misquoting The flaws in this chapter go deeper...

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