History and Philosophy (often of Science)

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First there was the Darwin Correspondence Project. Then came the Tyndall Correspondence Project. And now, George Beccaloni has just announced the Wallace Correspondence Project. All very exciting for students of Victorian science.

I’ve been picking on creationists for a number for years now, so it is somewhat strange for me to come out and offer one a gold star but, hey! Todd Wood, a YEC at Bryan College had had a paper accepted over at Answers Research Journal that gives his take on the whole ridiculous “Darwin…

A few days ago I highlighted the current state of the Natural History Museum in Dublin. Nigel Monaghan, the Keeper of the museum, contacted me and has kindly allowed me to repost a piece he wrote for Museum Ireland on the past and future of the museum. Enjoy!

[Book] Davenport’s Dream

It is always cute when the anti-evolutionists (in all their guises) try to do history; witness here, for example. Veteran observers are not surprised to find them trying to warp history (see here, here, here & here for that). Nowhere is this warping more evident than in how DI-hacks such as John West & Richard…

Marx was a Darwinist!!!! OMG!!!!

David Klinghoffer is promising to deliver some revisionism over at the Discovery Institute: Starting tomorrow, I would like to devote a couple posts to the thesis that Communism has deeper Darwinian roots than many of us realize. That, in fact, even though Marx had already begun sketching the outlines of his ideas before Darwin published…

Natural Selection and History

An interesting looking paper has just appeared online by John Beatty and Eric Cyr Desjardins that looks at the importance of history in determining form. The abstract reads: In ?Spandrels,? Gould and Lewontin criticized what they took to be an all-too-common conviction, namely, that adaptation to current environments determines organic form. They stressed instead the…

6 Million and Counting

Glenn Branch brought my attention to a book by John Henry Egan. Since it is titled 6 Million and Counting: Darwinism, Atheism and Genocide, I think you can see where it is going. The following appears to encapsulate the gist of this fine work of historical investigation: Charles Darwin invented the term “sub-human” a phrase…

New Huxley texts @ Gutenberg

Chris Elliot (Philosophy, Hofstra) has made me aware that Project Gutenberg has doubled its coverage of works by Thomas Henry Huxley. Some light reading on this weekend for those not watching the NFL. The additions are: Conditions of Existence as Affecting the Perpetuation of Living Beings Coral and Coral Reefs Criticism on "The origin of…

John hasn’t read Origin. Not *this* John. And certainly not this one. It’s this one – and what he proposes to do is blog while he reads the first edition of that work. I have to say I approve of the use of the first edition – subsequent editions are a little murkier and lack…

Just a quick update on the book I mentioned last night. It appears that it will be published by Dembski’s vanity press (for which Flannery is in charge of publicity and marketing). The work is not an edited series of papers, but a re-issue of Wallace’s World of Life (available for free here) with an…