One of the central theses of the book is that natural selection is not necessarily the central evolutionary mechanism, as quite a bit of the details of genomic structures and evolution can be accounted for by invoking the neutral mechanisms of mutation, recombination, and drift. Lynch is certainly correct on this point, and he backs his argument with much empirical and theoretical detail. Yet, we must be hanging around with different crowds, because I hardly know anybody who would seriously contend that evolution is just a matter of natural selection.
Dr. Pigliucci, I’d like you to meet Julie Dunning Hotopp.
As for the title of this blog post, it means “the way forward” in Swedish. Mike Lynch likes to include a picture like this or this in his talks. It makes people laugh, and it’s a good way of *cough* framing his point.