The modern synthesis, Ronald Fisher and creationism

Trends Ecol Evol. 1999 Dec;14(12):495-498. doi: 10.1016/s0169-5347(99)01725-5.


The 'modern evolutionary synthesis' convinced most biologists that natural selection was the only directive influence on adaptive evolution. Today, however, dissatisfaction with the synthesis is widespread, and creationists and antidarwinians are multiplying. The central problem with the synthesis is its failure to show (or to provide distinct signs) that natural selection of random mutations could account for observed levels of adaptation.