The Plastic Brain

Anti-Darwin Logic

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I am having a fine old time whetting my teeth on the anti-Darwinism classic “The Neck of the Giraffe: or Where Darwin Went Wrong” by Francis Hitching.

My favourite bit of logic so far centres on the paradox of transitional species.

Part 1: If man has evolved from monkeys, where is the transition species? Why are there no half-monkey, half-man species around today? -> If evolution worked by Darwinian mechanisms, there would be extant transition species

Part 2: If so-called transition species are alive today, then they can’t be transitions after all, since they have “obstinately refus[ed] to evolve” between the time that speciation occurred until now. -> If the are extant transition species, then evolution cannot work by Darwinian mechanisms

There is a slight logical contradiction between Part 1 and Part 2. Can you find it?

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Author: Rogan Tinsley

Biology, science and maths teacher with a PhD in Neuroscience and passion for education.

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