J. B. S. Haldane

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J.B.S. Haldane (1892-1964) was a famous evolutionist, geneticist and communist. He was one of the three founders of “population genetics” as a field of study. In 1957 Haldane published a paper outlining a serious problem for the theory of evolution. He called this problem the “cost of substitution” but is has become known as “Haldane’s Dilemna”.

For evolution to occur, a beneficial mutation must not only occur, but it must be copied to the point where the mutated genome substitutes for the un-mutated genome in the population. This substitution is limited by the reproduction rate of the species in question.

Haldane calculated that no more than 1,667 beneficial substitutions could have occurred in the supposed 10 millions since the last “common ancestor of apes and humans” subscribed to in evolutionary belief. As biologists have found that single nucleotide substitutions make up the vast majority of substitutions, these 1,667 substitutions could well comprise less than one gene. Haldane’s Dilemna has not to date been satisfactorily solved for the evolutionary hypothesis.

Haldane is also famous for acknowledging the principle that is now called “irreducible complexity”. In 1949 he said the evolution could never produce “various mechanisms, such as the wheel and the magnet, which would be fairly useless till fairly perfect.” By Haldane’s own statement, the discovery of wheel mechanisms - including rotary motors - in microscopic living things has falsified evolution as a viable hypothesis. So too the discovery of a magnetic sense in many species likewise falsifies the evolutionary hypothesis

Haldane's Communism

Haldane was a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) from 1937 to 1950, a period that covered the bloodiest of Stalin's purges, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and the active opposition of the Communist party to the struggle against Nazism. The CPGB was a slavish supporter of Soviet policy throughout this period, following and endorsing every change in Kremlin policy, including turning a blind eye to the murder of millions of innocent people. As a leading member of the CPGB and a prominent writer for the Morning Star, Haldane was complicit in the lies and moral crimes of the party.


"Haldane's Dilemna has not been solved", Don Batten, TJ 19(1) 2005

"Cows: a magnetic sign for evolutionists", David Catchpoole, Creation on the Web, published 25 November 2008

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