Re: Horns, Antlers, Tusks, and the way evolution works

Bryant (
5 Sep 1996 15:15:11 -0600

In article <>,
Len Piotrowski <> wrote:
>bryant said:
>>It is, in my opinion, only possible to approach constraint and drift
>>explanations by falsifying adaptationist alternatives.
>Maybe so. However, if grounded properties and precursor events synchronize
>with a trait of no known fitness value, is this, a priori, a false claim?

Um, perhaps one more time in English?

>>The dismissal of adapationist hypothesizing as "just-so story telling" is
>>only justified when those doing so cite no supporting evidence and make
>>no falsifiable predictions about their hypotheses.
>Similarly justified when those making the hypotheses provide no evidence other
>than assertion of purpose to defend it's purported efficacy.

You just repeated what I said, there. Is doing this supposed to contribute
somehow to the discussion???