Scientific Censorship and Evolution
odonnell at sasa.gov.uk
Mon Apr 3 06:19:08 EST 1995
In article <329 at milton.win-uk.net>, richard at milton.win-uk.net (Richard
>I'm familiar with the conventional wisdom with all of its
>intuitive plausibility. My objection is that this is
>merely supposition unsupported by evidence or experiment
>because it cannot be. Show me the cheetah's sprinting
>gene: show me anything about this idea that isn't merely
Isn't more likely that phenotypes like speed and neck length are the result
of a collection of different genes? That's not to say, of course, that a
mutation in one of these genes wouldn't have an effect, just that it isn't
surprising that a single gene for cheetah speed hasn't been identified.
What puzzles me about your whole thesis is that you seem to imply,
without actually saying so, that phenotypic characteristics are not related
to genotype. If that is what you're saying, then where does the
information to consistently give (to follow your examples) cheetahs speed
and giraffes long necks come from?
If you do accept that phenotype stems from genotype then I'm still not
clear what your problem is. Are you really saying that a mutation which
made one cheetah faster than another wouldn't, over time, give those
cheetahs an advantage relative to slower cheetahs?
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