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Recorded in no less than four exploratory books, Butler's wide-ranging reflections on the topic of evolution thus put into question not only the basic assumptions of the neo-Darwinian theory of evolution.
In particular, it maintains that Darwinian and Neo-Darwinian explanations of the history of life are correct.
Here Simon shows how an intelligent designer could simulate the pattern of evolution associated with the Neo-Darwinian synthesis.
To highlight this disagreement, I will explore how the main elements of neo-Darwinian theory diverge from creationist approaches that closely track a literal reading of the Book of Genesis.
The argument to be presented refutes the proposition that symbol systems can be built up by chance from random arrangements of material particles (or any other objects, in the most logically general sense of the term "object") over a period of, say, 15 to 20 billion years as required by neo-Darwinian theory.
These and other claims of neo-Darwinian theory were scarcely ignored in the wider culture.
This finding contributed to the emerging neo-Darwinian "modern synthesis" (NDMS), in which molecular genetics plays the key role in the production of phenotypic variation, and purpose is replaced by chance in the production of variation, which is the first stage of evolution.
The neo-Darwinian approach returns in Swirski's reading of Bernard Malamud's post-apocalyptic beast fable God's Grace (1982).
Interestingly, he does not spend time on the scientific status of the neo-Darwinian synthesis, revealing a sharp difference between the American and English debates.
The memetics of music; a neo-Darwinian view of musical structure and culture.
It is an assault on the reigning Neo-Darwinian hegemony and the social order it legitimates.
I do not mean the notion of descent with modification, an idea that precedes Darwin himself, but the claim derived from the 20thcentury's neo-Darwinian synthesis that random mutations in the human genome combined with natural selection can account for the diversity of the living world.
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