“There can’t be any question about what they meant. Remember, this is a zoology class. Evolution is taught.”
If cichlid evolution is a central paradigm in evolutionary biology, then Darwinism’s sphere of explanatory inference is too small to matter.
Berlinski’s plea is that the grave contradictions between evolution and evidence at least be forthrightly admitted.
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.
A biologist in our network worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard. He recounted how about a quarter of the postdocs he encountered were at least sympathetic to design arguments.