Declaration of Independence from Darwinism?:
Altenberg! The Woodstock of Evolution?

Posted by Chris Parker
Mar 20 2008

Tuesday, 4 March 2008, Article: by Suzan Mazur in SCOOP Independent News 

Painting: Declaration of Independence? Not quite but; there is going to be a convention. Some of the insurrectionists debating the madness of King Charles; Left to right;John Beatty, University of British Columbia, Greg Wray, Duke University, Stuart Kauffman, Stanley Salthe, David Sloan Wilson, Binghamton University, Michael Purugganan, New York University, Eva Jablonka, Tel-Aviv University, Jerry Fodor, Stuart Pivar, John Odling-Smee, Oxford University.

“It’s not Yasgur’s Farm, but what happens at the Konrad Lorenz Institute in Altenberg, Austria this July promises to be far more transforming for the world than Woodstock.

What it amounts to is a gathering of 16 biologists and philosophers of rock star stature – let’s call them “the Altenberg 16″ – who recognize that the theory of evolution which most practicing biologists accept and which is taught in classrooms today, is inadequate in explaining our existence.

It’s pre the discovery of DNA, lacks a theory for body form and does not accomodate “other” new phenomena. So the theory Charles Darwin gave us, which was dusted off and repackaged 70 years ago, seems about to be reborn as the “Extended Evolutionary Synthesis”.

Papers are in. MIT will publish the findings in 2009 – the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s publication of the Origin of Species. And despite the fact that organizers are downplaying the Altenberg meeting as a discussion about whether there should be a new theory, it already appears a done deal. Some kind of shift away from the population genetic-centered view of evolution is afoot….”

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