‘There was little doubt that the star intellectual turn of last week’s British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Salford was Dr John Durant, a youthful lecturer from University College, Swansea. Giving the Darwin lecture to one of the biggest audiences of the week, Durant put forward an audacious theory – that Darwin’s evolutionary explanation of the origins of man has been transformed into a modern myth to the detriment of science and social progress.

Durant concludes that the secular myths of evolution have had a “damaging effect on scientific research”, leading to distortion, to needless controversy, and to the “gross misuse of science”.’

New Scientist, 11 September 1980