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The extended Evolutionary Synthesis

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1The extended Evolutionary Synthesis Empty The extended Evolutionary Synthesis Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:07 am

Otangelo


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The extended Evolutionary Synthesis

Evolution beyond neo-Darwinism: a new conceptual framework
Experimental results in epigenetics and related fields of biological research show that the Modern Synthesis (neo-Darwinist) theory of evolution requires either extension or replacement.
This article examines the conceptual framework of neo-Darwinism, including the concepts of ‘gene’, ‘selfish’, ‘code’, ‘program’, ‘blueprint’, ‘book of life’, ‘replicator’ and ‘vehicle’.
This form of representation is a barrier to extending or replacing existing theory as it confuses conceptual and empirical matters.
These need to be clearly distinguished. In the case of the central concept of ‘gene’, the definition has moved all the way from describing a necessary cause (defined in terms of the inheritable phenotype itself) to an empirically testable hypothesis (in terms of causation by DNA sequences).
Neo-Darwinism also privileges ‘genes’ in causation, whereas in multi-way networks of interactions there can be no privileged cause.
An alternative conceptual framework is proposed that avoids these problems, and which is more favourable to an integrated systems view of evolution.

http://jeb.biologists.org/content/218/1/7
http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/modern-synthesis.html

In other words, the Modern Synthesis is a theory about how evolution works at the level of genes, phenotypes, and populations whereas Darwinism was concerned mainly with organisms, speciation and individuals.
This is a major paradigm shift and those who fail to appreciate it find themselves out of step with the thinking of evolutionary biologists.
Many instances of such confusion can be seen here in the newsgroups, in the popular press, and in the writings of anti-evolutionists.


Experimental results in epigenetics and related fields of biological research show that the Modern Synthesis (neo-Darwinist) theory of evolution requires either extension or replacement. This article examines the conceptual framework of neo-Darwinism, including the concepts of ‘gene’, ‘selfish’, ‘code’, ‘program’, ‘blueprint’, ‘book of life’, ‘replicator’ and ‘vehicle’. This form of representation is a barrier to extending or replacing existing theory as it confuses conceptual and empirical matters. These need to be clearly distinguished. In the case of the central concept of ‘gene’, the definition has moved all the way from describing a necessary cause (defined in terms of the inheritable phenotype itself) to an empirically testable hypothesis (in terms of causation by DNA sequences). Neo-Darwinism also privileges ‘genes’ in causation, whereas in multi-way networks of interactions there can be no privileged cause. An alternative conceptual framework is proposed that avoids these problems, and which is more favourable to an integrated systems view of evolution.

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