Chris Nedin at Ediacaran has a nice discussion of the metaphor of the adaptive landscape, “Climbing Pit Improbable“. It should be noted that the genetic notion of adaptive peaks is exactly the same thing as the AI notion of gradient descent learning., which inverts the “landscape” the way Chris describes.
Thomas Levenson at The Inverse Square Blog (what a name! I wish I’d thought of that one!) has a birthday greeting for Wallace. I’m a little late on that one, but I was travelling.
Chief atheist puppygrinder, Brent Rasmussen, takes spiritualists to task for redefining “God” to mean anything at all. I disagree with him – when science and religion conflict, then religion had better redefine God to mean something that is still possible. I think it’s a (limited) virtue of religion that it can adapt.
On another religious criticism, Ebach and Williams attack taxonomists who don’t get that paraphyly is artificial and anti-evolutionary.
And finally on religion, here’s an article about Dulles (the cardinal, not the politician) arguing that we need religion to explain teleology in biology. Did nobody noticve that this has been eliminated already?