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Reciprocating Bill

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(Permalink) Posted: April 03 2007,05:56   

Some quick ignorance displayed by Scorned'Ova:
...Is evolution of antibiotic resistance by bacteria an example of Darwinism? Such a claim is very suspicious since Darwinism deals mainly with the origin of species.

Evolution of antibiotic resistance is an example of survival of the fittest within a species, not an origin of species. This phenomenon ought more properly to be credited to the ideas of Edward Blyth rather than Charles “Gas” Darwin.

Loren Eiseley, Professor of Anthropology and the History of Science at the University of Pennsylvania correctly argues:
"the leading tenets of Darwin’s work—the struggle for existence, variation, natural selection and sexual selection—are all fully expressed in Blyth’s paper of 1835."

'Ova, some quick education:

- Although Darwin's book was entitled "On the Origin of Species," he never actually directly addressed speciation. Instead, he developed his thesis around the themes of the struggle for existence, variation, natural selection and sexual selection. Eiseley knew this. You don't. In fact, you got it exactly backward.
- The Blyth issue, which Eiseley raised decades ago, has been dispatched repeatedly, as anyone really interested in the history of evolutionary science knows.
- The evolution of antibiotic resistance by bacteria isn't just a confirmation of "Darwinism" - it is one thread of the massive consilience of data that supports modern evolutionary biology, which is light years beyond Darwin's early formulation.
- Eiseley has been dead since 1977.  Apparently you still think he has office hours.

Myth: Something that never was true, and always will be.

"The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you."
- David Foster Wallace

"Here’s a clue. Snarky banalities are not a substitute for saying something intelligent. Write that down."
- Barry Arrington

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