Since 2007, Hunt has been claiming to have refuted Michael Behe’s thesis that irreducible complexity cannot arise by mindless evolutionary processes.
He has a different take on imperfection, one more optimistic than one might expect from someone who writes about what’s wrong with us.
The contrast between the evolutionary sterility of Lenski’s unintelligent Darwinian evolution and the evolutionary potency of Arnold, Smith, and Winter’s intelligent evolution is striking.
There is one point of confusion in descriptions of this year’s prize winners. It’s the talk of “directed evolution.”
A central problem for theories of unguided evolution has always been the challenge of building complex biological novelties.