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The Modern-Day Phlogiston: Darwinism Explains Everything and Nothing

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On a new episode of ID the Future, host Andrew McDiarmid reads an excerpt from Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design, by Finnish bioengineer Matti Leisola and Jonathan Witt. It makes the case that modern neo-Darwinism is today’s “phlogiston,” a theory that explains everything but nothing, faces mounting contrary evidence, and survives only with ever more ancillary hypotheses. 

In the excerpt Leisola and Witt also discuss the well-documented pattern of scientists defending an existing scientific paradigm even after fresh discoveries have turned against it, with the obsolete dominant paradigm dying only very slowly. An especially dramatic and tragic example gave the name to this all-too-human tendency — the Semmelweis reflex. Download the podcast or listen to it here.