Professor Behe traces the errant thinking to an outdated mathematical picture taken from Ronald Fisher and his 1930 book, The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection.
It was interesting to see fellow University of Chicago biologist Jerry Coyne casually shoehorn Thornton into a Washington Post review of Darwin Devolves.
Of course finches don’t multiply and cycle through generations as rapidly as bacteria. Still, these birds have been isolated on the iconic islands for some 2 million years.
Some favorite rescuers include, perhaps most prominently, neutral theory, along with evolutionary developmental biology, natural genetic engineering, game theory, and the multiverse.
The traditional “Out of Africa” theory is being abandoned as weakly supported by evidence, in favor of a welter of other hypotheses.