Several years ago I initiated a discussion around evolution based on a book I had recently read, entitled “The case of the midwife toad”, by Arthur Koestler.
This book was a detective story based on the life and death of an Austrian scientist, Paul Kammerer, who discovered evidence that appeared to contradict Darwinism, around the end of the 19th century. In agreement with the book, I suggested that evolution was too slow for some of the changes we see between generations. I suggested that there must be some mechanism by which we could “write back” to our genetic code our experiences in life, and that this write-back modification could be passed on to subsequent generations.
Despite a determined effort, I could not find this discussion (a warning to those who create too many discussion forums). The best I could find was this quote from Leon Louw – “Yep, that’s it, evolution applies to everything, hence me being more Darwinian than Darwin – it is simply science (specifically physics) at work. L”
At the time I was roundly derided for holding this discredited “Lamarckian” view of evolution. I have since discovered in a recent Time magazine article (january 18, 2010) and in a Popular Mechanics article (November 2007) that a new field of biological science entitled “Epigenetics” has arisen, in which gene markers are turned off and on to provoke specific genetic changes, which are inheritable from one generation to the next.
I now wait to be proven right about the Kennedy assassination, the 9/11 coverup, the origin of AIDS, and the global warming hoax.