Origin of Genetic Information and Evolution of Biological Species
Literature on the origin of life and the evolution of diverse forms of life is reviewed to provide an understanding of the current thinking in evolutionary science. There are conspicuous vagaries, inconsistencies and conflicts of ideas in evolutionary knowledgebase. Darwinism and neo-Darwinism thrive by literally sidelining and trivializing ‘heretical’ scientific discoveries capable of invalidating it. While punctuated equilibrium (PE) reflected in the fossil record is a strong negative evidence to the underlying principle of phyletic gradualism (PG) enshrined in the evolutionary theory, the phenomenon of cell-directed mutagenesis challenges another tenet of the theory, namely, the requirement of stochastic mutations produced by extra-cellular agents to create heritable changes in the organism. No attempt has been made to re-examine the theory dispassionately in the light of the rapidly changing particulate gene concept. More importantly, our knowledge of life and its origin hinges on hypotheses. The lack of evidence for characterizing organic evolution as continuation of inorganic evolution and failure of attempts to synthesize life in the laboratory from chemicals strongly suggest the need for a new direction to the scientific pursuits towards understanding life and origin of biological species, especially in view of the changing concept of gene and growing natural evidence against the foundations of Darwinism or synthetic theory. In this paper, an attempt is made to develop a theory of creation of life and biodiversity based on scientific facts and Qur'anic revelations.
Pallacken Abdul Wahid