12/20/2006 05:18 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Evolution Responses

Dear Friends,
Here's a short clip from the Colbert Report on December 19, 2006.



Dear Mitch_Wilkers and Others,

There is no confusion between natural selection and random mutation. Both are part of the evolutionary process. All I have been saying, is that random mutation and natural selection are not enough to explain evolution. As you probably know, there are at least twelve schools of thought on evolution. The Neo-Darwinists (Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Edward Wilson, etc.) on the one hand , and the creationists on the other hand, represent two polar and extreme points of view. In my view these are fundamentalist in their approach as they both hang on to outmoded beliefs. A number of evolutionary biologists are attempting to create a more holistic integral view of evolution that includes both objective and subjective dimensions of reality. Ken Wilber along with many others belongs to this school. In this view, beauty, directionality, contingency, novelty, purpose, creativity and consciousness are integral part of the evolutionary process. My review of Dawkins' book as well as my critique (Why Darwin Isn't Enough) of Michael Shermer's book "Why Darwin Matters" will be soon published in Skeptic Magazine along with opposing opinions. When these have been published I will be sure to post them on these blogs as well as provide appropriate links.

Dear Skeptisch,

If I don't take myself seriously, why do you? Seriousness is a mask for self importance so relax man and take it easy.

In the meantime, I wish you happy holidays and all the best for the new year.