What does Richard Mullers think of creationism?

Darwin wrong?

The second edition of the “Objection to the Theory of Evolution” by SZ columnist Burkhard Müller

Thomas Claer

If anyone today questions the theory of evolution, the alarm bells are ringing in this country. No wonder, because whoever does not follow Darwin, according to the prevailing logic, must either be a religious fundamentalist or at least a yesterday, an incorrigible reactionary. Burkhard Müller, part-time Latin lecturer at the Technical University of Chemnitz, literary critic and columnist for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, is by no means all of that. Müller, born in Schweinfurt in 1959, is considered a free spirit to whom religion means nothing except as the subject of his ever-caustic criticism. What few journalists can say about himself, his articles are read simply because he wrote them. But even with such a reputation it is difficult today to bring such a politically incorrect book onto the market: The second edition of his brilliant “Anti-Darwin” called “Das Glück der Animals ”from 2000, could only appear in a small publisher specializing in esotericism and mysticism. The reputable houses apparently found it too disreputable to expose themselves to suspicion of supporting creationism and “intelligent design”, which in turn could have grist to the mill of the American Christian right and its scattered, culturally conservative European counterparts.
At the same time, Müller doesn't think much of creationism, which he does not consider satisfactory, and nothing of other supernatural explanations. But he shows - as an evolutionary autodidact only trusting the power of the reasonable argument - the fundamental contradiction, the through and through tautological character of Darwin's theory of evolution and all its successors up to the supposedly "egoistic genes" of Richard Dawkins. No, Müller doesn't have a ready-made solution either, how it could have been instead, but the phenomenon of higher development from unicellular to mammal simply cannot be explained by mutations and selection. The better the adaptation to a living space and the higher the survival advantage in the struggle for existence, he makes it clear, the more improbable, even more impossible, the emergence of new, more complex forms of life from the previous ones. Because mere intermediate steps to a higher level of development do not bring any fitness advantage. And it is overwhelmingly improbable that complex, finished organs suddenly arise purely by chance. How white-winged butterflies become a new species with brown wings as a result of air pollution and the like - only that is what evolutionary biology has so far been able to show in its experiments, but not how it can come to a higher development, and certainly not how life came about in the first place should be. It becomes even more precarious for Darwinism in view of the knowledge of the modern "Evo Devo" doctrine, according to which genes are switched on and off at very specific times of individual development and there are "modular basic principles" for the formation of certain organs and body parts in all higher living beings. Although this makes several later steps in evolution much more plausible, it becomes downright absurd to want to assume that such complicated mechanisms have at some point emerged through mutation and selection. There are always mutations, selection processes are constantly taking place, but, as Müller shows, both have precious little to do with actual evolution. Incidentally, this insight also sheds significant light on the neoliberal central ideology of the present, that innovation can only be achieved through more and more competition (instead of cooperation).
It is to be feared that the author will continue to fall on deaf ears with his theses among specialist biologists. The very metaphor-rich and sometimes baroque style of language, which seems even more convoluted than in Müller's current brilliant feature pages, will probably put almost every scientist on the run.

Burkhard Mueller
The happiness of animals
Changed new edition 2009
Edition "fabrica libri"
Pomaska-Verlag Schalksmühle
€ 19,80
ISBN: 978-3-935937-60-3

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