Stranger Fruit

Was there a Darwinian Revolution?

Some folks have been asking to see the slides from my talk last week at OU. They’re a little opaque without my commentary, but here they are:

I’ll be giving a very similar talk at ASU on Friday for Sigma Xi.


  1. #1 steve
    February 16, 2009

    great slides john…wish I could have heard the lecture. Please bring it to nyc soon thanks steve

  2. #2 John Jackson
    February 16, 2009

    These are great John!

    I have a question about the “no such thing as a Darwinist” slide. While I understand that stance regarding our current debates about ID/creationism, do you extend it to the past as well? Do you believe that “Darwinist” is not a useful label to attach to historical figures or debates?

  3. #3 John Lynch
    February 16, 2009

    @ Steve

    If someone asks me (and pays my way), I’ll go!

    @ John

    Yes. “Darwinism” and “Darwinist” have meaning only as historical entities. I make that point in the talk. Use of them today – usually by anti-evolutionists – is largely a pejorative.

  4. #4 Steve_HT
    February 17, 2009

    Very nice John! Where may I ask is slide 61 from? I made a poster of that to hang in my lab, but I neglected to write down the source

  5. #5 John S. Wilkins
    February 17, 2009

    Quite a few familiar images there.

  6. #6 RBH
    February 17, 2009

    I’ve used that phylogenetic image, too. It’s by David Hillis, Derreck Zwickil and Robin Gutell at the University of Texas, but I can’t now get to the original source — apparently their server is down. The Google cache of the press release about it is here.

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