Sorry to beat a long-dead horse, but I thought I saw a leg twitch:
Atlantic Books have begun to publish this year a series of texts titled ‘Books that shook the world’, which, rightly, includes a new biography of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species by Janet Browne. And some new shaking definitely seems to be in order. Darwinism appears under increasing challenge as ‘creationism’ and ‘intelligent design’ continue to creep into curricula, particularly in the US and the UK.
What’s got me irked? In a word: Darwinism. ‘Darwinism’ is a meaningless term in biology. Yes, Darwinian selection has meaning (as a synonym for positive selection), but what the hell is Darwinism? Aside from a term creationists use instead of saying ‘evolution’, Darwinism is as vacuous a word as creationism is a science. Stop referring to evolution as Darwinism if you respect science. You’re using an anti-science talking point. And you sound like a dolt.