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The Genomic Potential Hypothesis: A Chemist's View of the Origins, Evolution and Unfolding of Life (Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit) Hardcover – August 1, 2001

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Schwabe's hypothesis of multiple origin starts of life is relatively easy to grasp. -- Jorge Oksenberg, PhD, University of California, SF, Dept of Neurology

The GPH significantly updates other chemical-deterministic views of the origin and progression of life. -- Jack Heinemann, Dept of Plant and Microbial Sciences, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

We should welcome scientifically serious books that oblige us to re-think ideas that we take for grantedÉan intellectual provocation. -- Pier Luigi Luisi, Prof. Chemistry, Institut fŸr Polymere, ETH Zentrum-ZŸrich, Switzerland

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Christian Schwabe, Department of Biochemistry, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
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Product Details

  • Series: Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit (Book 16)
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587060442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587060441
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,694,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To overthrow the ruling paradigm in a scientific discipline one needs a much more solid critique than Schwabe offered in this 114-page book. Schwabe thinks it is easy to overthrow Darwinism because all the evidence is against Darwinism and there is no evidence in favour of Darwinism. But anyone trying to do this must not only be an expert on the paradigm at hand, neo-Darwinism, but must also possess a fairly good knowledge of the relevant disciplines, in this case evolutionary biology, genetics, cell-biology, ecology, palaeontology, systematics and developmental biology. Schwabe fails most seriously in the biological disciplines. And chemical reductionism cannot compensate for this. His goal to derive as many as possible properties of life from the laws of chemistry is good mainstream science, and a DNA/gene-centred view is common in the age of genomics. However when organism and its environment entirely disappear from the stage, reductionism is counter-productive. This is especially obvious with his science fiction alternative (embryos in a fresh water pond). At times Schwabe is a good critic of Darwinism, but at other times he just repeats the 15-year-old example of Michael Denton, ignoring that Denton recently adopted common descent and evolution. Multiple origins of life (in a restricted form) is creeping into the textbooks of evolution. To deal with Schwabe's theory kept me busy for months with a mixture of excitement, amazement and a growing disappointment and brought me into every area of biology. It is useful to have an alternative scientific theory for Darwinism, but Schwabe's theory in its extreme form is no viable alternative to natural selection and common descent. Dissenters such as Schwabe maybe critical but not more self-critical than the average mainstream scientist. Both just follow a different paradigm to wherever it leads them. Evolution may have its anomalies and puzzles, I prefer it above science fiction. Gert Korthof
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