The Adaptationist Programme in Molecular Evolution: The Origins of Genetic Codes

  • John R. Jungck


Salthe (1982) has recently argued that a few notable contemporary evolutionary spokespersons are “guilty of excluding the origin of life from evolutionary theory.” This Anglo-American position has had strong currents ever since Darwin and has been criticized since then, especially by scholars from a Germanic-monistic tradition (Farley, 1972):

British scientists, whether followers of Bacon, Mill, or Whewell, were in agreement that any discussion of the origin of life was beyond the scope of science... a reluctance to discuss the origin of life was [due to] the strong background of Natural Theology. To dismiss God as the designer of organic life was one thing, but to dismiss him as the creator of life was quite another.


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  • John R. Jungck
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyBeloit CollegeBeloitUSA

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