The Loom

Archives for April, 2004

In the Beginning Was the Borehole

There are only a few places on the surface of Earth where you can find really old rocks–and by old, I mean 3.5 billion years old or older. The rest have gotten sucked down into the planet’s interior, cooked, scrambled with other rocks, and pushed back up to the growing margins of continental plates. The…

Right and Wrong and Radio

My book Soul Made Flesh looks at the roots of neuroscience in the 1600s. The first neurologists saw their work as a religious mission; they recognized that it was with the brain that we made moral judgments. In order to finish the book, I looked for living neuroscientists who carry on those early traditions today.…

The Game is Over

John Maynard Smith has died. While many people know who Stephen Jay Gould was or Richard Dawkins is, Iíd bet few would be able to identify Maynard Smith. Thatís a shame, because he played a key role in building the foundations of modern evolutionary biology. (Underlining this point, I only learned about his death from…

Back

No, I didnít get hit by a car. Instead, I got hit by your typical crush of deadlines, traveling, and a bout of laryngitis. But tranquility is returning, and Iím firing up the blogotron again.

Oh To Be In England

This week I am in England to give some talks about Soul Made Flesh, which has just been published here. In addition to talking on the BBC, I’ll be talking at Blackwell’s in Bristol on Tuesday, and at the Museum of the History of Science at Oxford University on Wednesday. I’ve posted details and links…