In his discussion of West’s recent talk in Minnesota, PZ notes:
I am extremely impressed with the fact that the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota has a historian and philosopher of science on their faculty — more biology departments ought to make those kinds of strategic alliances to broaden and deepen their discipline.
I wholeheartedly agree. Here at Arizona State, the School of Life Sciences is the home for not only the Center for Biology & Society, but also the History and Philosophy of Science Program. We also have recently started a graduate program in Human and Social Dimensions in Science & Technology. Central to all of this has been getting scientists talking to – and collaborating with – historians and philosophers. It’s all very exciting.