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With Plant Galls, Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig Falsifies Darwinism


Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig, who studied mutations for 25 years as a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Koln, Germany, is now retired but still writes often on the topic of Darwinism and intelligent design. He is one of those old-school scientists who believes evidence matters even when it comes to questions of biological origins.

Charles Darwin famously offered the following suggestion as to how his theory could be falsified:

If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.

Dr. Lönnig has repeatedly offered examples that defy a gradualist explanation. For example, listen to this interview where he discusses carnivorous plants, whose complicated traps were clearly useless until almost perfect. His discussion of the aquatic bladderwort begins at the 8:30 mark.

But Darwin offered other suggestions as to how his theory could be falsified, one of which was as follows:

If it could be proved that any part of the structure of any one species had been formed for the exclusive good of another species, it would annihilate my theory, for such could not have been produced through natural selection.

Loennig has recently written an article, “Plant Galls and Evolution,” which falsifies Darwinism on this criterion also.

The new paper is typical of Lönnig’s writings, with an abundance of details and references. As you listen to his podcast on carnivorous plants, or read his new article on plant galls, I suggest the following exercise: Try to imagine hypothetical species that would falsify Darwin, using his own criteria, in a more spectacular way.

If you want to see more of Lönnig’s work, including his writings on the long-neck giraffe, go here.

Photo credit: Plant galls, by De Sousa, V.; Couri, M. [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Cross-posted at Uncommon Descent.