Science & Education

, Volume 25, Issue 1–2, pp 229–234 | Cite as

There is More to Evolution than Just Natural Selection

Masatoshi Nei (2013) Mutation-Driven Evolution. Oxford University Press, Oxford, ISBN: 978-0-19-966173-2, 256 pp, Price: £60.00 (Hardback)
  • Kostas Kampourakis
Book Review

Current evolutionary theory began with Charles Darwin’s monumental book On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, achieved a major synthesis in the mid-twentieth century, and seems to be undergoing a new, extended synthesis. Natural selection was for Darwin the main process of evolution, and it is currently the most celebrated one in science education. In fact, in many cases, in science education evolution is identified with natural selection. Whenever there is abundant variation, the argument goes, natural selection will take place, and adaptation will occur. Selection is the creative process that produces all formidable adaptations; it is the blind watchmaker that designs them, as Richard Dawkins has famously described it. This insistence on the power of natural selection, and on the use of the metaphor of design in evolutionary parlance, has given ground to anti-evolutionists such as Michael Behe to argue...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of Biology and IUFEUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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