At the center of the discussion are three technical papers, each co-authored by one or more of the three members of the podcast discussion.
Giberson and Collins point to the feather as a prime example of a novel feature arising via blind evolution.
Biologist Jonathan Wells contends that modern evolutionary theory is a current instance of a dominant paradigm in crisis.
Darwin anticipated “innumerable transitions” in the fossil record, but such a rainbow of transitional forms has never been found.
Wells encourages more than a modest dose of skepticism, and gives the example of the supposed “backward wiring of the vertebrate eye” as a case in point.