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Archives for February, 2006

Rewinding the same clock

Here is a popular press piece on Geert Vermaij’s paper in PNAS where he argues that evolution is not highly contingent process on particular historical events, in other words, if you rewound the clock and let it flow the rivers would occupy the same channels. These ideas seem rather similar to those of Simon Conway…

This new Science Blog is hilarious. I love their tagline! Update: OK, I take it back. What kind of dreamworld do these bitches think they’re living in? I post something EDT giving props to their blog, and they’re still on top of the Science Blogs front page because they posted at “5 P.M.” It’s 11…

Fisher web

Just found this web site that has a good bibliography of R.A. Fisher’s work. Good supplement to the R.A. Fisher digital archive. Why do I obsess with Fisher? First, ANOVA is ubiquitous. Second, stories like this would shock & awe a lot less if people read The Correlation Between Relatives on the Supposition of Mendelian…

Nathanial Blake, editor of the conservative campus publication at Oregon State University, has a good piece addressing the issue of evolution and evangelicals over at the Town Hall website. He points out that even C.S. Lewis, that exemplar of modern Protestant Christian orthodoxy, accepted evolutionary theory. The coupling of anti-evolutionary feeling and a segment of…

Levitt full nelsons Fuller

Norm Levitt throws an excellent broadside against Steve Fuller (yes, it is a polemic, but a delicious one!). Update: Ron in the comments suggests we be cautious about accepting Levitt’s jeremiad in its totality. He concludes: And from our own point of view, we must view the whole universe, including those parts which the candle…

Katz

…eat birdz  

Modes of religion

I’ve been blogging a lot about “religion” recently, but I haven’t reallly spelled out what I mean by religion. The answer is many things. Religion, or religious belief and practice, are a suite of behaviors and concepts which explore a multi-dimensional space. This space is inhabited by a wide range of combinations of traits, some…

Naturalistic biological evolution

The “standard model” of intellectual history presents the Presocratics as the pioneers of naturalistic explanations of the universe around us. This narrative explains how the messy natural philosophy of the Presocratics gave way to the more metaphysical and ethical schools of the late Classical and Hellenistic and Roman eras. In any case, Socialist Swine asks…

A few science bloggers have referred to Daniel Dennett’s new book, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, and the controversy that is erupting around it. I haven’t read the book, but this piece in The Boston Globe gives a very quick sketch of the ideas Dennett covers. It seems that Dennett wants to…

Book review in Science and Spirit

I have a review of Nick Wade’s Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors coming out in the May/June issue of Science & Spirit magazine. Wade’s book covered the intersection of genetics and human evolution, so it was a quick and interesting read.