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Bob O'H

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(Permalink) Posted: July 02 2009,13:52   

Quote (midwifetoad @ July 02 2009,12:29)
I'd think if you were trying to model a natural phenomenon, you would have an example in mind. Something from the real world to model. But maybe that's just me.

Mendel's Accountant is meant to be used to make a general point about evolution, so they don't want  to burden the model with the specifics of one system.

I haven't heard of any decline in the fecundity of asexual organisms. All the species I know of that are listed as in danger of extinction seem to be in danger due to reduction of or rapid change in habitat,  or due to introduction of diseases or predators. Neither of these causes involves genetic entropy.

Well, yes.  I'm a bit cynical about a lot of conservation genetics: far too many people doing it use species of great conservation concern, like fruit flies.

In think there has been some work showing it happens in nature, but there are so many other threats as well.

I just wonder what observation led to the genetic entropy hypothesis.

The Fall.

Sanford is a YEC, so his argument is that things have been getting worse since The Fall, and all we can do is pray.

It is fun to dip into the various threads to watch cluelessness at work in the hands of the confident exponent. - Soapy Sam (so say we all)

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