Professor challenges evolution

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    By NAN AMA SARFO
    Staff Writer
    February 09, 2006

    A Pitt professor challenged a part of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in an article published in the scientific magazine The New Anatomist last week.
    Jeffrey Schwartz — a Pitt professor in the department of anthropology and the department of history and philosophy of science — collaborated with Bruno Maresca, a professor of biochemistry at Italy’s University of Salerno, for the article, which refutes Darwin’s Theory of Evolution using modern knowledge about cell biology.

    The two decided to collaborate after Maresca contacted Schwartz after reading his book, “Sudden Origins: Fossils, Genes, and the Emergence of Species,” in which Schwartz first explained his theory of evolution.

    Schwartz refuted Darwin’s theory of gradual evolution in organisms with one that states that evolution occurs quickly and suddenly as the result of cell mutations.

    “Darwinism’s presence in science is so overwhelming,” Schwartz said. “For the longest time, there was no room for alternative thinking among the scientific community.”

    This has led Schwartz — who believes that this indoctrination has resulted in scientists who don’t know enough about the history of the theories they learned — to teach all different aspects of evolution to his students.

    It was through exposure to influential scientists and their questioning views of Darwinism as a Columbia grad student that Schwartz became interested in exploring the issue.

    Darwin’s theory, a staple in science curriculums, states that evolution in organisms occurs gradually over time. His theory also states that gaps in the fossil record, in which there are missing links between the different phases of evolution in organisms are temporary because the linking fossils haven’t been found yet.

    Schwartz, through research of the fossil record and use of Maresca’s findings about cell structure, believes otherwise.

    “If you look at the fossil record, organisms didn’t gain new items like teeth and jaws gradually,” Schwartz said. “It’s not like fish developed bony teeth one piece at a time. It happened suddenly.”

    Schwartz believes that stressors such as extreme heat and cold precipitate changes in evolution.

    “Cells don’t like change. They have many different proteins that protect them from extreme changes,” Schwartz said. “With all these different mechanisms that they have, it’s unlikely that they change willingly over time, as Darwin’s theory says. Modern cell biology doesn’t support Darwinism.”

    These extreme changes, says Schwartz, quickly overwhelm the stress proteins in a cell and cause mutations. Most of the time, cell changes kill the organism. Other changes are beneficial.

    However, it takes years for these changes to appear in organisms, since, according to Schwartz, mutations occur recessively and are passed unknowingly until the mutation saturates the population. Then, when members of the population receive two copies of the mutation, the trait appears suddenly.

    According to Schwartz, time will tell if and when the scientific community will begin to move away from Darwin’s theories and adopt others, such as his own. But he sees the most urgent application of his theory toward the protection of animals and endangered species in general.

    “We don’t know what the stressors are that cause extinction in animals,” Schwartz said. “So we need to be much more sensitive about the environment and be aware of local and global events. It’s all a domino effect. One small change affects everyone else.”

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    Gould already proposed punctuated equilibrium , what, 50 years ago? What's the difference between Shwartz and Gould? Is it the mechanism?

    Its good to see you are embracing scientific theories of origin rather than religious ones.
     
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    to whom are you speaking?

    He posted an article.

    (shrug)
     
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    To whom are you speaking? I don't recall anyone addressing a message to you.
     
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    But rather than "challenge" evolution, this guy seems to be advocating hyper-evolution...

    Punctuated equilibrium was about the only thing Gould got right. His denial of racial differences caused by evolution was at odds with everything else, but necessary for him to maintain his Marxist status.
     
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    to 'youm'.

    You addressed a message to -Cp which made little sense.

    (shrug)
     
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    Who'd a thunk? Seems the same on his 'cigarette' thread. BTW, why didn't you send me the memo on Spidey's promotion to thread arbiter? He's been acting as such...:laugh:
     
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    If asking someone questions about their post doesnt' make sense, then little does.
     
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    here's the part which makes no sense to anyone with 'sense'. Must explain why it makes sense to YOU to post it.

     

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