Crank magnetism. The force that draws believers in all forms of nonsense together, united against the common foe: reason.
A keyword search in the back-catalogue flagged up a word I wasn’t really expecting to see. A word that most woo-peddlers steer clear of (one of the rare exceptions is Chris Beckett of CureZone, seen here as “chrisb1” using the classic crank epithet “scientism” to describe anyone who prefers empirical evidence over faith; he also advocates colloidal silver, Budwig, Gerson, Gonzalez, Burzynski… but I digress).
Two pieces show tantalising hints of this most deeply-rooted of anti-scientific beliefs: denial of evolution by natural selection.
LamarckismW is of course wrong. Lamarck was right about evolution happening, but wrong about the mechanism. The correct understanding of the mechanism of inheritance is afforded primarily Mendelian geneticsW. Lamarckism suffered a bit of an image problem, having been the root of LysenkoismW, the disastrous Soviet policy, but it was 99% bunk before Lysenko and remained only 99% bunk afterwards.
Some people think that epigeneticsW somehow rescues Lamarckism from the scientific rubbish pile, but it doesn’t. Epigenetics is very restricted in scope and Mendelian genetics accounts for the vast majority of evolutionary behaviour. Lamarck was, basically, wrong; the fact that a few examples unknown to him have displayed a superficially similar effect, is coincidence.
There’s no outright evolution denial in WDDTY that I can find so far, but with its support for prayer, meditation and other trappings of the religious mindset, it’s not a stretch to believe there might be an undercurrent there.