Theodosius Dobzhansky vs Marc Kirschner on biology and evolution

(quoting Dobzhansky)

Nothing in biology makes sense except in light of evolution

(quoting Kirschner)

In fact, over the last 100 years, almost all of biology has proceeded independent of evolution, except evolutionary biology itself. Molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology, have not taken evolution into account at all.

My two cents

Evolution line from sponge to man
Evolution line from sponge to man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I remember being told by a scientific apologist (in a condescending way) that one cannot claim to be scientifically literate without understanding that evolution unifies biology. But Marc Kirschner disputes that.

Interestingly, Theodosius Dobzhansky is Eastern Orthodox, yet according to his Wikipedia article, he rejected “the existence of a personal God and of life beyond physical death.” This combination of watered-down theism and naturalism seems schizophrenic, existentialist, and syncretistic to me.

Quote sources

  1. Dobzhansky, T (1973). “Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution” in American Biology Teacher, vol. 35 (March 1973), p. 125
  2. Kisrchner cited in Menton, D (2007). Does Biology Make Sense Without Darwin? (DVD). Answers in Genesis-USA

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