, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 343-346
Date: 09 Oct 2012

Nothing makes sense except in light of evolution

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In the early 1970s, Theodosius Dobzhansky famously wrote that “nothing in biology makes sense except in light of evolution.” Since that time, the influence of evolutionary theory has only expanded. In recent years, evolutionary thinking has spread beyond biology into fields as diverse as philosophy, economics, medicine and literary studies. This expansion has led some evolutionists to modify Dobzhansky’s dictum, asserting simply that nothing makes sense except in light of evolution. Whether you agree with this claim or not, students and scholars will find that Sherrie Lyons’ book Evolution: The Basics offers a compact introduction to evolutionary theory and the background necessary to discuss the import of evolutionary theory in their own field.

The surge of interest in Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution by natural selection that accompanied the 2009 bicentennial celebration of Darwin’s birth makes clear how much there still is to say about Darwin’s thought and its effect on the ...