Philosophical questions like who we are and where we came from are surely worth considering. But nothing in these documents will bring students closer to being able to do so in an informed manner.
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.
Cancer proves evolution only insofar as one forgets, or pretends not to know, what evolution is supposed to explain.