Mathematicians and Evolution

Readers of this blog are doubtless familiar with the Discovery Institute's anemic list of scientists who “dissent from Darwinism.” The list is sadly short on biologists, forcing the DI to accept anyone with a PhD in any branch of science as a possible signatory.

Casey Luskin attempts to defend this practice by explaining why mathematicians are supremely well-placed to offer authoritative pronouncements on the merits of evolutionary theory.

Over at EvolutionBlog, I have replied to his desperate sputterings. In Part One I discuss the question of whether mathematicians, or non-biologists generally, have any authority to be discussing evolutionary theory. In Part Two I consider Luskin's thoughts on the matter. Comments can be left there. Enjoy!