David Barash is an evolutionary biologist known for delivering a yearly talk to his students disabusing them of the idea that science can be reconciled with religious faith.
A central problem for theories of unguided evolution has always been the challenge of building complex biological novelties.
His choice of targets for criticism and for praise have a lot more to do with his particular agenda than the defects or merits of those whom he critiques.
“Male mice grow ovaries instead of testes if they are missing a small region of DNA that doesn’t contain any genes,” reports the Francis Crick Institute.
Scientists find the most interesting things when they suspect function in poorly understood parts of the genome.