Monday, May 23, 2011

Review: What Darwin Got Wrong

What Darwin Got WrongWhat Darwin Got Wrong by Jerry Fodor

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book is recommended for two types of people. Those of philosophical inclination that wants to understand the problems in darwinism posed by modern biology (part I), and those with current biology understanding and that, given the high number of alternative non-gene hereditary mechanisms that we know of, are skeptical of the Dawkins vision of pure random probability as an engine and do not want to give in to intelligent design or guided evolution solutions. If you're in the first group, you should be satisfied, but if you're in the second group, all you'll get is a jargon-rich tautological discourse that claims the absurdity of random evolution anchoring itself on a criticism of behaviorism. The only value of this book is in the compilation of recent discoveries in genetics. Not worth it, if you're already a researcher yourself.

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