What is *The Skeptical Zone*, William Basener and John Sanford? Why should you care?

*The Skeptical Zone* is where a couple of distinguished biologists, Joe Felsenstein and Michael Lynch, have dignified a recently published article of yours with a response. That is all you need to know. If they had responded on the back of a cereal box instead, providing you with a form to clip, then it would have behooved you to clip the form, fill it out, and send it, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to their post office box in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Of course, I am dating myself — and also you. That is just the point. You ought to know that, even as the computer enables studies that were impossible when Ronald Fisher dubbed a not-so-fundamental result of his the Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection, it enables interaction with domain experts in ways that were impossible in Fisher’s time. We are well into the 21st Century, and no one under the age of 50 will find credible any reason you might offer for declining to engage Joe in this forum. You can ignore all of the riff-raff, myself included, and interact with the scientist who happened, about the time that your paper addressing Fisher’s theorem was published, to address the theorem in the 37th Fisher Memorial Lecture (via video link, I might add).

The prospects for resolving some points, and arriving at a degree of agreement, are much better in a modern exchange of comments than in an old-fashioned exchange of essays. One aspect of *The Skeptical Zone* makes it particularly appealing in discussion of mathematical models: you can enter stuff like \LaTeX between two dollar signs, and cause readers to see stuff like It’s a miracle!

“You need a team”, Tom…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWImZv05HuU

J-Mac,So, as Virtual Savior of the

Zone, do you see yourself as most like the Son, or more like the Father or the Holy Ghost?Ok,

Speaking of LATEX, can someone give me the actual equation for Fisher’s forumula? Anyone? Beuller?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisher%27s_fundamental_theorem_of_natural_selection

I surly don’t see you as the saviour of anything… How could you when you even chickened out from publishing your OP when I bluffed to take it apart before knowing what’s it about… Seems your confidence is at all time low… Maybe you should do a search? 😉 Let me know when the search is over…

2+2=5

Just as good as any other… 😉

Here you go Tom.

Ask and you shall receive.

Part 1

http://theskepticalzone.com/wp/defending-the-validity-and-significance-of-the-new-theorem-fundamental-theorem-of-natural-selection-with-mutations-part-i-fishers-impact/

Part 2 of Bill Basener and John Sanford’s response is now posted:

http://theskepticalzone.com/wp/defending-the-validity-and-significance-of-the-new-theorem-fundamental-theorem-of-natural-selection-with-mutations-part-i-fishers-impact-2/