Maria B. O’Hare (PhD – archaeology) is the author of the books listed below under the imprint DiG-Press.
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The books listed below are fully referenced and mostly based upon peer-reviewed sources and original first-hand historical sources where possible. The e-books have clickable links to these and the paperbacks have fully referenced sources with traditional bibliography.
But Old Mr. Darwin wasn’t to Blame: The Little Book of Evolutionary Quotes
As the title suggests, Old Mr. Darwin wasn’t actually to blame for all that ensued in his name. This was perhaps the most surprising aspect of what I discovered when I stumbled upon the more obscure archives of evolutionary history. Well, almost as surprising as finding out that our current evolutionary theory is beyond repair, apparently and its replacement by a quantum-like synthesis has been looming around the corner for some time now, at least, that is according to the peer-reviewed literature as you will see as you read on.
Collectively these quotes form an outline of a narrative that I hope you will find illuminating and get as much from reading them as I did from discovering them. You may even be a little shocked, stunned and occasionally let out a little gasp when you hear what some top scientists have actually said about our modern synthesis.Sample
Sample Quotes below:
‘ACQUIRING GENOMES: A THEORY OF THE ORIGINS OF THE SPECIES’ :
“Mutations, in summary, tend to induce sickness, death, or deficiencies. No evidence in the vast literature of heredity changes shows unambiguous evidence that random mutation itself, even with geographical isolation of populations, leads to speciation”.
Margulis & Sagan (2003, 29)
‘LIFE IS PHYSICS: EVOLUTION AS A COLLECTIVE PHENOMENON FAR FROM EQUILIBRIUM’ :
“Evolution is the fundamental physical process that gives rise to biological phenomena. Yet it is widely treated as a subset of population genetics, and thus its scope is artiﬁcially limited….
The lack of widespread appreciation for, and understanding of, the evolutionary process has arguably retarded the development of biology as a science, with disastrous consequences for its applications to medicine, ecology and the global environment”.
Goldenfeld & Woese (2011, 375)
‘THE UNIVERSAL ANCESTOR’ :
“The universal ancestor is not an entity,
not a thing. It is a process characteristic of a particular evolutionary stage”.
Carl Woese (1998 Abstract)
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Lamarck & the Sad Tale of the Blind Cave-Fish
This book assesses the unjust suppression & more recent scientific vindication of the ‘Original Founder of Evolution’ Jean Baptiste Lamarck.Not many know that Darwin himself was a Lamarckian as he believed that blindness in cave-fish was due to the disuse of their eyes brought about by finding themselves in dark environments. It turns out that he may have been right….
Review by: Bud Stark on March 17, 2015 :
This book is a must read for those interested in evolution, especially if you consider yourself a Darwinist or a NeoDarwinist or are not sure of the difference between the two. I remember reading Richard Dawkins’ name only once in this book, but his name kept cropping up in back of my mind. For those many followers of his, you need to see what he is struggling to hide, the discoveries in epigenetics that will undermine evolution by natural selection and Dawkins’ campaign to make the entire progress of nature random and directionless.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
The Epigenetic Caterpillar: An Alternative to the Neo-Darwinian View of the Peppered Moth Phenomenon
I was delighted to get a very early and most supportive Five Star review of this book on Amazon UK, before it was even in full circulation (first series). I believe it expresses exactly what I hope you will get from reading this little book:
Review of Epigenetic Caterpillar 14th Jan 2015
“…I bought this book for my father, and want to share his comments on the book. “I have recently read a wanted and received present, ‘The Epigenetic Caterpillar’ by Maria Brigit O’Hare. I was so delighted to have had my 60 year old understanding of the subject, which was belittled by my teachers at the time, reinforced by this great little book. It was informative and explanatory, but not too technical, and will cause many who read it to question their indoctrinated simplistic Darwinism thoughts on the subject of Evolution. A great read, and a must have for anyone who has an interest in this topic”.
The Epigenetic Caterpillar refers to the fact that a sluggy creature (a caterpillar) has exactly the same genes as its adult form (a butterfly/moth), yet it looks nothing like a flying insect.
The epigenetic caterpillar is used to illustrate the fact that genes themselves don’t change during metamorphosis causing such radical alternations to the caterpillar, but rather, it is how its genes are EXPRESSED (epigenetically) according to environmental adaptive needs, which makes the big difference in the end.
Therefore, the epigenetic caterpillar concept should help us assess the true validity of the Neo-Darwinian version of the case of the text-book example of Industrial Melanism in moths, which has often been described as: evolution in action via natural selection. At the same time, the epigenetic explanation begins to offer a much overdue evolutionary alternative.
The Epigenetic Caterpillar refers to the fact that a sluggy creature (a caterpillar) has exactly the same genes as its adult form (a butterfly/moth), yet it looks nothing like a flying insect. The epigenetic aspect of the caterpillar is used as an analogy, as we now know that genes themselves don’t change via metamorphosism in order to make such radical alternations to the caterpillar, but it is how these genes are EXPRESSED (epigenetically) according to environmental adaptive needs, that makes the big difference in the end.
Therefore, the epigenetic caterpillar will be used to assess the validity of the Neo-Darwinian, text-book example of Industrial Melanism in moths, (often described as evolution in action via natural selection). And as it turns out, Darwin may not have disagreed.
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These same books are also available globally both in e-book and paperback versions from most major online bookstores and available locally in the Galway city at the famous Charlie Bryne’s Independent Book Shop. Just ask, if copies have run out.
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A Scientifically-Guided Thought Experiment
Evolution by Other Means…?
Table of Contents
Why I’m Not Qualified to Write this Book, but reasons to read it anyway
EVOLUTION BY OTHER MEANS…?
D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson: (1860-1948) EVOLUTIONARY SCALING LAWS OF LIFE – THE MATRYOSHKA PRINCIPLE
Alan Mathison Turing (1912-1954): THE TURING ENIGMA – MORPHOGENESIS AND THE OTHER CODING SYSTEM of LIFE
Alexander Graham Cairns-Smith: (Born 1931) THE POSSIBLE ORIGINS OF NATURE’S FIRST CRYSTALINE (QUANTUM) COMPUTERS
Karl Ernst Von Baer (1792-1876): EMBRYOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT MIRRORS DEVELOPMENT OF THE SPECIES ON DIFFERENT SCALES
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744-1829): THE ORIGINAL NATURAL EVOLUTIONARY THEORY OF DESCENT – BY EPIGENETIC MODIFICATION
Hugo De Vries (1848 – 1935) LEAPS of EVOLUTIONARY NOVELTY – via HYBRIDATION?
Carl Woese (1928 –2012): THE WORLD WIDE WEB (WWW.HGT) – LITTLE HYBRIDS GET EVERYWHERE
Lynn Margulis (1938-2011) MICRO MERGERS AND SYMBIOSIS
Donald Irving Williamson (1922- 2016) HYBRID-METAMORPHOSIS?
Barbara McClintock (1902 – 1992) SOS – SPECIES REMODELLING VIA JUMPING GENES
THE MATRYOSHKA PRINCIPLE REVIEWED
ORIGIN of this BOOK
OTHER ALTERNATIVE EVOLUTIONARY BOOKS BY DIG-PRESS
EVOLUTION BY OTHER MEANS…?
This is the first of two distinct, but interrelated books which seeks to offer an alternative evolutionary scenario to our current standard Neo-Darwinian model by way of a scientifically-guided thought experiment. Book One is based upon the accumulative research spanning the past 200 years of a diverse range of highly respected scientists who have offered distinctively different pieces of the evolutionary puzzle and these are assessed in the light of our most current understanding of biological complexity and Book Two applies these alternative and rather novel, but scientifically supported evolutionary scenarios to what we currently know regarding the ancient environmental and fossil record.
The need for a radical rethink of biological and evolutionary complexity and a solution to the many problems embedded in our current Neo-Darwinian model, became clearly apparent as a result of delving deeply (and unintentionally I might add) into the vast and often ideologically invested topic of biological evolution and discovering, according to the opinions of an increasingly alarming number of well-credentialed scientists, that an alternative model was seriously overdue (O’Hare 2015). (For instance, see Free Flip book version: But Old Mr. Darwin wasn’t to Blame: The Little Book of Evolutionary “Quotes”) .
This issue is highlighted quite succinctly by Professor Denis Noble (Professor Emeritus and Co-Director of Computational Physiology) below:
PHYSIOLOGY IS ROCKING THE FOUNDATIONS OF BIOLOGY
… all the central assumptions of the Modern Synthesis (often also called Neo-Darwinism) have been disproven. Moreover, they have been disproven in ways that raise the tantalising prospect of a totally new synthesis.
Noble (2013, Abstract)
As I took a rather broad and interdisciplinary approach with an emphasis on the historical context, I came to the realisation that this ‘tantalising new synthesis’ is actually not that new. For instance, our more modern and recent insights into biological complexity are actually lending increasing support to some of the oldest and particularly to some of the most historically obscured alternative views of evolutionary complexity.
Moreover, there is a common and cohesive thread that weaves all of these seemingly unrelated and diverse theories, concepts and discoveries together and in the end, a fascinating, elegant and surprisingly uncomplicated tapestry of biological complexity emerged, but with a somewhat unexpected quantum twist.
In many ways, perhaps the best way to explain what essentially emerged as the overarching and cohesive principle, would be to use the concept of the Matryoshka Principle of nested scales of complexity (akin to the Russian folk art wooden nested dolls). This has been employed here to help visualise the increasingly likely fact which, is both measurable and demonstrable, that life and biological complexity is governed by universal laws of scale.
From these universal patterns of life, we can perhaps begin to apply this knowledge to aspects of evolutionary development that we cannot test or know directly and thereby, at the very least, begin to formulate a fairly plausible hypothesis based upon empirical data as to how life got so complex in the first place.
This overarching scaling phenomenon which is seemingly embedded within all of Nature and I believe, best encapsulated in the concept of the Matryoshka nested scales principle, is the foundational scientific guide that informs, not just the first chapter of this book; but it was the main principle that guided the research at its most fundamental level and it informed which theories would be included in this present book and their respective order of their presentation.
When we have assessed each theory and evolutionary concept in the light of our most up-to-date understanding of biological complexity, we should not only have an overarching model by which to test and assess the fossil record – the main topic of Book Two, but, also: a fully comprehensive and powerfully explanatory, and testable theory of the complexity of biological life itself…
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