Razib Khan: Darwinism provides a deductive tool, but many of the inferences leave much to be desired in explaining the world as it is

Darwinism provides a deductive tool, but many of the inferences leave much to be desired in explaining the world as it is

"Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." So asserted Theodosius Dobzhansky, to which one might respond that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of physics. But what has quantum mechanics to do with behavioral ecology? The enthusiasm of many social scientists for the Darwinian paradigm resembles this ontological leap. An evolutionary psychologist may contend that a preference for blondes is the outcome powerful adaptations, how powerful can it be if only a small minority of humans are blonde? Darwinism provides a deductive tool, but many of the inferences leave much to be desired in explaining the world as it is.

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