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Divorcing Darwin

Over at Uncommon Descent (no link provided due to censorship of comments), Denyse O’Leary is urging “Darwinists” to “divorce” The Descent of Man because not to do so is to support “Darwin’s racism” and to thus support racism today. I’m wondering if O’Leary actually ever read Descent and followed Darwin’s logic. I know, I know,…

Descended From Darwin

Joe Cain and Michael Ruse have edited a volume, Descended from Darwin: Insights into American Evolutionary Studies 1925-1950, that has been published by the American Philosophical Society. Thanks to a grant from the APS, the complete volume is available for free at Cain’s website. Some really interesting papers from a bunch of folks I know…

This being the bicentenary of Darwin?s birth – and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his masterwork – many folks seem to have the goal of reading Origin for the first time. Generally speaking the first edition of 1859 (or the second of 1860) is taken as the best edition to begin with –…

Liberal logic

See here. (HT to Errol)

Apparently Alvin Plantinga and Daniel Dennett debated a week ago at a meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association. An anonymous individual live-blogged it somewhat hyperbolically  (?The tension between the titans fills the room?) but the account is worth a read, even if it is clear that the blogger is biased towards…

A day in the life …

I gave two talks yesterday. The first was at a luncheon for ASU’s chapter of Sigma Xi. A small crowd of largely retired scientists and engineers heard me give the same talk I gave in Norman last week. Naturally, given the comparative size of the audience (400+ versus 16) the dynamic was different and I’m…

Was there a Darwinian Revolution?

Some folks have been asking to see the slides from my talk last week at OU. They’re a little opaque without my commentary, but here they are: I’ll be giving a very similar talk at ASU on Friday for Sigma Xi.

Press Coverage of my OU 2009 Talk

Not a bad article in the Norman Transcript which is apparently a fairly conservative paper. It will be interesting to see what happens in the comment thread over the next few hours.

Darwin Day Lecture in Oklahoma

You probably already know that today is the bicentennial of Darwin’s birthday. What you may not know is that I’m giving a talk tonight (7pm) at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Natural History Museum on “Was there a Darwinian Revolution?” It is the open address for the University of Oklahoma’s “Darwin 2009” celebrations. If you’re in…

February brings travel and talks

February is going to be a busy month for me. Sunday I leave for Oklahoma where I will be giving the lead-off public lecture for their Darwin 2009 Celebration. I will be speaking on the 12th at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History on the topic of ?Was There A Darwinian Revolution?? Any…