Thu Sep 13, 2018, 05:08 PM

Richard Goldschmidt and the hopeful monster theory.

Once again to show the evolution of evolution another theory that is regaining popularity without evidence or substance.

Basically what Goldschmidt theorized is that a reptile laid an egg and something other than a lizard hatched.

Richard Goldschmidt
The German geneticist Richard Goldschmidt (1878 – 1958) was the first scientist to use the term "hopeful monster". Goldschmidt thought that small gradual changes could not bridge the hypothetical divide between microevolution and macroevolution. In his book The Material Basis of Evolution (1940) he wrote "the change from species to species is not a change involving more and more additional atomistic changes, but a complete change of the primary pattern or reaction system into a new one, which afterwards may again produce intraspecific variation by micromutation." Goldschmidt believed the large changes in evolution were caused by macromutations (large mutations). His ideas about macromutations became known as the hopeful monster hypothesis which is considered a type of saltational evolution.

Though gradualism has taken the bulk of evolutionary thought such evolutionist luminaries as:

Otto Schindewolf, Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Dawkins, Donald R. Prothero, Olivia Judson, Guenter Theissen

Still promote some or all of the hopeful monster theory!

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Response to nolidad (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 06:04 PM

1. Comedy gold!!

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Response to TheShoe (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 06:24 PM

2. Yeah he's flailing today

He conflates Goldschmidt’s macromutations, an idea ridiculed by by virtually all scientists, with Gould’s punctuated evolution.

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Response to Cold Warrior (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 05:18 PM

3. Wrong again but thanks for proving you are partially illiterate.

Possibly you are dyslexic?

I am trying to find why you misinterpret my writings so badly!

Yeah it is fairly ridiculed now! With the exceptions of the scientists I listed who still support some or most of his theory. But back when it was proposed- it was peer reviewed and accepted and answered the intractable problem of micro mutations can never bring about the macro changes evolution demands!

Too bad you are too juvenile to engage directly, but feel the insecure need to post as I am not here! Seriously is that how science is taught these days? Do not engage in honest debate and discussion? Or is it that I just am fortunate enough to hit the super rude folks here who think they s*** doesn't stink and most all are beneath you??

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