Today I want to take on another Materialist fantasy, punctuated equilibrium. This idea came about when Materialists could no longer hide the fact that gradualism is not well supported by the fossil record. Sure, certain lineages are suggestive of a possible evolutionary linkage, but the problem was that evolution works too slowly to account for the vast differences in the skeletal remains that were found.
So, Stephen Jay Gould the paleontologist (not biologist) came up with the idea that evolutionary changes actually occur in rapid bursts of activity. Gradualism was out the window and evolution suddenly became a very rapid process. Yet, the Darwinista will claim that punk eek is a form of gradualism. Yes, that is right, the theory that replaced a non-working idea is really just another form of that non-working idea. How scientific.
There are, of course, other problems. What causes evolution to suddenly speed up and slow down? One cause given is evolutionary arms races, where one species continually tries to one-up another. Of course, punk eek was given as a suport to Mayr’s allopatric speciation, meaning that this arms race would contain two geographically distinct species. That explanation may work quite well in describing the cold war between the US and the USSR, but not for species evolution.
In summary, punk eek really just appears to be an unscientific “explanation” concocted to prop up a failed Materialist philosophy.