1. Take a population and breed it with no natural selection (be randomly selecting pairs regardless of fitness and breeding them to create the next generation). Fitness is found to drop 1-3% per generation, exactly as per genetic entropy would predict.<quoted text>What experiment thwarts total genomic decay?
2. However, GE acts according to Muller's Ratchet. Fitness lost cannot be recovered according to this, because continuing new mildly deleterious mutations continue to build up faster than natural selection can ever eliminate them. Sanford to the core.
3. Therefore natural selection can merely slow, but not ever reverse the process. If it could, the whole GE argument would be falsified. Sanford's thesis is testable.
4. Guess what. When such populations as in (1) above, still isolated, are allowed to compete freely by natural selection, fitness RETURNS within a few generations. Sanford meets his Waterloo.
This is an elegant experimental refutation of Sanford's GE.
I have argued for ages about the logical shortfalls in his arguments and the selective use of data and assumptions that led him to a wrong conclusion. However, these experimental results render all that unnecessary now.
Empirical observation has proven him wrong, and this is the final arbiter in science: WHETHER PIN HEADED ABSTRACTION LOVING PRIESTS AT THE SACRED ALTAR OF MATHEMATICS SUCH AS YOU LIKE IT OR NOT
Likewise, into the dustbin goes your cherished variation on Sanford's theme, that robustness must decrease over time. No, Eugene, robustness recovered under natural selection. Lights out for you.