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The Epigenetic Caterpillar: An Alternative to the Darwinian view of the Peppered Moth Phenomenon will be available at all major outlets (worldwide) in paperback form early 2015 and the Kindle and all other main E-Book formats version is available NOW
Industrial melanism of peppered moths is a famous case of what has often been described as: ‘Darwinian evolution via selection in action’. This little booklet offers a light-hearted approach to this rather controversial topic. It offers an alternative view of evolutionary processes, based upon the most cutting-edge biological science. It explains speciation (how one species becomes another) in real terms, hence the use of an epigenetic caterpillar analogy. Its metamorphosis into a butterfly for example: turns it into a distinctly different animal. Whether it is in its caterpillar or a flying insect form, its genes remain identical. Epigenetic expression of the genes is the key. Epigenetics works above the genes and doesn’t actually change the DNA sequence. And, interestingly, all of this supports older evolutionary alternatives going back over 200 years ago. Ideas that Charles Darwin actually supported and thought important drivers of evolution along with natural selection.[end of book info].
The Darwinian Delusion… And Old Mr. Darwin wasn’t to Blame!
[Kindle Edition] Book (just a few dollars, but much less than a cappuccino Grande & a lot less frothy)
“The past […] decades of research in genetics and molecular biology have brought us revolutionary discoveries. Upsetting the oversimplified views of cellular organization and function held at mid-century, the molecular revolution has revealed an unanticipated realm of complexity and interaction more consistent with computer technology than with the mechanical viewpoint which dominated the field when the neo-Darwinian Modern Synthesis was formulated…”
(The Boston Review Feb/March 1997 ‘A Third Way’).
The Darwinian Delusion…And Old Mr. Darwin wasn’t to Blame’, is as the subtitle suggests, is not an attack on Darwin, just a tongue-in-cheek, and yes, justifiably critical assessment of the entire Neo-Darwinian synthesis (what I refer to as the genetic modification of Darwin’s original theory).
My aim is to present these rather revolutionary alternatives to Darwinian evolution in an easy-to-understand way so, that people like you and me should be able to get the revolutionary significance of all this exciting new evolutionary thinking. Furthermore, it is also important, I believe, to place these new and not so new insights into evolutionary biology within a historical framework. This is to show how, interestingly, it is the most heavily suppressed alternatives to the Neo-Darwinian doctrine, as the historical record more than adequately demonstrates, that are actually being verified (in principle and in many cases, literally) in labs today, whereas: Darwinian Theory of Evolution even in its most up-dated form, is NOT.
I hope you enjoy this book and come away with a much clearer idea of what is going on in this new revolution in evolution.
End of description for Darwinian Delusion.
The Sad Tale of the Blind Cave Fish
Forthcoming book: Lamarck: The Sad Tale of the Blind Cave Fish (Due for release soon in paperback & E-Book).
This is a book is almost ready for publication and is again, a re-assessment from an epigenetic perspective of a classical Neo-Darwinian version of evolution. This time it is about how fish trapped in dark caves came to be blind and eventually lose their eyes. Unlike the Peppered Moths, the Neo-Darwinian version does not have a clear explanation of this phenomenon and even the most up-to-date science is making evolutionary biologists scratch their heads. This is what makes it a sad tale, for if they would only begin to look at the epigenetic alternative, they would get a much better understanding of this phenomenon. But, of course as it smacks of Lamarckian ideas, it is taboo for most, but not all. I do back up my alternative with our most recent data to specifically explain how fish become blind in dark caves.
The tale is also a sad one because Darwin actually thought that the disuse of eyes for example in cave fish was more explicable by Lamarckian principles of dis-use than natural selection. It gets even more sad when you understand that Lamarck himself died penniless, was buried in a pauper’s grave and became blind in his old age and a few naturalists of the era (before Darwin’s time of writing Origins) were highly critical of Lamarck for proposing a transmutation of the species through time (i.e. we call this evolution today), as they could see no such evidence in the fossil record or their anatomical studies.
One particular and formidable figure springs to mind, Cuvier, who in an eulogy of Lamarck’s life and great contribution to science, which had to be detracted (see Wiki on the matter), as it was so damning, proclaimed that perhaps Lamarck had become blind by the dis-use of his eyes. There is however, a sort of poetic justice here, in that today, our recent data is supporting Lamarckian (epigenetic principles) of use, disuse of organs etc in animals that find themselves in unusual environmental conditions forcing them to adapt more rapidly than usual (just as Lamarck had proposed).
Other forthcoming publications by Dig-Press include: Evolution: a third way (being edited) due to be published as both E-Book & paperback early 2015.
Evolution: A Third Way? (Forthcoming book)
offers solutions to the whole Neo-Darwinian evolutionary debacle. It specifically deals with the nature of the more traditional alternatives to Darwinian theory, particularly in its updated form, and how these are the very ideas that are being supported in principle, and actually quite literally at times, by our most cutting-edge science. This naturally begins to evolve into an entirely distinct version of evolution, giving us a third way through the entrenched and polarised positions of Creationism/Religion versus Darwinism. Below is the Preface as it appears in the book:
Truly, I never set out to dismantle the Neo-Darwinian synthesis, it simply fell apart, just by looking at it. Perhaps I should substantiate this rather provocative statement which, I feel is best summarized by Eugene Koonin (evolutionary & computational biologist):. “The edifice of the Modern Synthesis has crumbled, apparently, beyond repair” (Koonin E.V. 2009) (1).My main objective in writing this book, is to help to explain why the edifice is crumbling so drastically in the first place, and more importantly, to demonstrate that all is not lost – as out of its ashes, a new and exciting synthesis is emerging. As Professor Denis Noble (eminent physiologist) states:[…] all the central assumptions of the Modern Synthesis (often also called Neo-Darwinism) have been disproven. Moreover, they have been disproven in ways that raise the tantalising prospect of a totally new synthesis […] (2)
And the conceptual changes and magnitude of this tantalizing new synthesis is perhaps best summarized by Prof. James A. Shapiro (an expert in bacterial genetics and professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) in the following:The conceptual changes in biology are comparable in magnitude to the transition from classical physics to relativistic and quantum physics. (3)
(Shapiro 1997) The Boston Review Feb/March 1997 ‘A Third Way’. *The quantum-like new synthesis emerging as a result of our most recent molecular breakthroughs and a deeper understanding of biological complexity, will be the main focus of this book and is dealt with in more detail in Part Two, entitled, – A Third Way, as in the title of this book, but without the question mark. Part One, entitled: Why We Need a Third Way: presents the issues with our current model and the historical context for these new and not so new ideas.
However I promise, you don’t need to be a molecular biologist or a quantum physicist to follow this new paradigm in evolutionary thinking. I’m not any of these myself, and I certainly do not profess to have the credentials specific to biology or the caliber of scientific standing of the above Professors, but, being a freelance research archaeologist at least gave me some of the tools required to begin tackling such a complex topic, although, I believe the fact that I came to education so late in life helped the most in the end. Well, I was too old to worry about seeking academic tenure and, besides, they told me there was no future in it – archaeology that is.
A strange thing happened one day, when I was thinking, hypothetically (an idea I was working on for a fictional story while, taking a break from writing archaeological reports), about how a geneticist from the 22nd century would explain the details of how life evolved on planet earth to someone like me or you from the early 21st?
It’s an interesting thought experiment, as I found. Because, I discovered, as I dug deeper,(in an attempt to find a believable factional answer),that evolution looked nothing like how I had expected. I know, most of us truly believe that our current model of evolution via Darwinian means, is the only theory of evolution that we have or ever had, as I used to think myself not that long ago. However, a closer look at the science behind our current model of evolutionary thinking, soon reveals that it is gravely inadequate to explain the deeper complexities of how life evolved on our planet. The evidence for this is well supported and presented at the beginning of Part One of this book as noted above, our conceptual understanding of biological complexity is beginning to offer a radically different view of evolution, but as it turns out, not all these ideas are so new in principle after all; as I found after a great deal of deep search in the dusty old archives (Ok they’re now on the web so researchers don’t even need to get their hands dirty). As it happens, a close investigation into many of these older ideas, clearly show that they were remarkably sophisticated principles of evolutionary thought and indeed, dove-tail nicely with our most modern understanding and deeper discoveries within biology. In combination then, these form an over-arching (quantum-like) synthesis of biological evolution.
You are probably wondering then, why have we never heard much about these great theories of old? Well, you see they were heavily marginalized in the past, ridiculed and in some cases actually banned, but most were simply forgotten and became historically obscure. Therefore, I have documented this as part of the discussion of the major issues with our existing model in Part One of this book and Part Two: integrates and reinstates in some cases, the various alternative views of evolution pre-dating and post-dating Darwin and right up to our present time. This provides the main tenets of the new evolutionary synthesis as a whole.
All of what you are about to read is of course entirely based on scientific principles, hard data and supported at every turn by peer-reviewed scientific literature presented in a straightforward way.
I hope you enjoy the journey, I know I did.
Chapter One from “Evolution: A Third Way?”
Common Dissent is the title of this chapter, which should clearly demonstrate that there is a growing number of scientists that find the Neo-Darwinian model of evolution no longer tenable. Indeed, there is nothing new in this sentiment, as there has always been common dissent amongst many scientists regarding the serious and fundamental issues inherent in our current model of evolution. This should become entirely clear as you read from the quotes from highly respected scientists throughout this chapter. [end of sample].
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