Daily Archives: March 18, 2010

Invoking the Rule

In the previous entry, we saw that evolutionary biologist, Douglas J. Futuyma teaches that the concepts of goals or purposes have no place in biology or evolution. Some might be tempted to dismiss this statement as the opinion of Futuyma, but that will not work. As I noted then, Futuyma is a mainstream scientist who has written a mainstream science text used in mainstream colleges and universities all over the world being promoted by a mainstream science organization.  And I can tell you that the vast, vast majority of people using and learning from this text book will be college students who are majoring in biology.  In other words, those who are being trained to become scientists.

Futuyma is not offering his own idiosyncratic views.  He speaks for Science. It is not his rule. He speaks for Science.

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