Re: [asa] Michael Denton's Books

From: Don Nield <>
Date: Mon Dec 11 2006 - 15:35:24 EST

Ted is spot on -- his suspicion is justified.

Ted Davis wrote:

>>>>"Robert Schneider" <> 12/10/06 6:43 PM >>>writes:
>Denton writes:
>"> We speculate that it is unlikely that the folds will prove to be the
>>only case in nature where a set of complex organic forms is
>>determined by natural law, and suggest that natural law may have
>>played a far greater role in the origin and evolution of life than is
>>currently assumed."
>Bob's comment: Assumed by whom? The IDers?
>Ted replies:
>No, Bob, probably not. Denton probably means the "Darwinians," who do not
>tend to see life as a product of formal causes (ie, "laws") as much as they
>see it as a product of "blind" secondary causes (ie, natural selection).
>Denton has an interesting essay, "The Protein Folds as Platonic Forms: New
>Support for the Pre-Darwinian Concept of Evolution by Natural Law," J theor
>Biol (2002) 219: 325-42, arguing for something like Richard Owen's Platonic
>view of organic form and formation. My suspicion is that this is the
>relevant background for understanding the quotation above.

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