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February 5, 2018

Two Influential 19th Century Thinkers: Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne

In the closing paragraph of the preface to my 1992 book Cancer Selection (1) I wrote the following:
The question of whether evolution took place–the argument between Darwinists and creationists–was settled in the last century. The Darwinists won.
One would hope that the victorious Darwinians and their professional descendants would have moved on to other puzzling evolutionary problems such has "How could the same mechanisms that produced mushrooms, pine trees, jellyfish and other relatively simple multicells have possibly produced all the infinitely more complex Bilaterian animals, including humans?"

One would expect that some evolutionists would have realized that the existence of the Bilaterian animals–the  most complex objects known to exist in the universe–announce, implicitly but