Tuesday, April 13, 2010
On page 18, Coyne says that Darwinism can be supported be things he calls retrodictions. He defines them as "facts and data that aren't necessarily predicted by the theory of evolution but make sense only in light of the theory of evolution" (18). Coyne lists that some of the retrodictions that support evolution are patterns of species distribution, how organisms develop from embryos, and the existence of vestigial features. Define in your own words what a retrodiction is. Choose one from Coyne's list and provide examples of it. Why do these fit Coyne's definition of a retrodiction in support of evolution? Are there any other examples of retrodictions that support evolution that Coyne does not list?