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on March 19, 2002
This book is a version of Dawkins previous book the Selfish Gene, which is supposed to be aimed at the scientific community, in stead of the general public. Why Mr. Dawkins chooses to write a book like this for his colleagues, in stead of writing a science paper and submitting that to his colleagues for review should be obvious. His ideas are intuitive, which means they don't actually make sense. It is impossible to make it into a science=paper because there is no formal systemized knowledge there. I'm sure that this book, like his previous, will be an inspiration to the British National Front. There are innumerable things wrong with this book, but mostly what's wrong in it is the theory of Natural Selection. The theory of Natural Selection deals with a very special case of reproduction called differential or comparitive reproductive success. What's wrong here is the comparitive and the success part. It's a little difficult to explain how this is so, so in stead I will give a theory that is right. What is right is a *general* theory of reproduction, which consists of describing organisms in terms of their chance of reproduction. Unlike Natural Selection which needs some very special conditions to apply, this general theory would apply all the time, and give meaningfull information about what events normally influence the reproduction of an organism greatly. For instance when a bird flies south and makes it the arduous journey there, the chance of reproduction would be higher after then before the journey. This has nothing neccesarily to do yet with their being a differential other to compare the bird with.
You should ask yourself why you haven't been taught a general theory of reproduction, but have been taught the peculiar Natural Selection. Ask yourself does a breeder select only between specimens, or does he select for each specimen to breed or not to breed (general)?
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on August 4, 2003
Dawkins refuses to let it go. Astrobiology and microbiology is pushing the final nail in the coffin of this ultra-Darwinist garbage. BUT, Dawkins refuses to let it go, using same flawed reasoninng to back his claims. It is time to abandon the current evolutionary paradigm, and ebrace the more than plausible models that have been pushed away by dogma of ultra-Darwinists.
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