The authors criticize the “ultra-Darwinian mindset,” which “perpetuates the notion that the genome, and life itself, is like a Swiss watch.”
Design motifs such as four-bar linkages and control systems must meet exacting requirements whether implemented in a space shuttle or a fish.
Cells are equipped with sensors that recognize touch and respond accordingly. They can even reach out to other cells with nanoscopic tunnels and share parts.
“At some point during this talk, I felt a gear turn in my head.”
Alas, Coyne’s review of Darwin Devolves has too little intellectual content to sustain any real engagement.