Big Links in Little China

Charles Wolfe has a couple of very interesting papers up in PhilSci Archive:

Do organisms have an ontological status? considers how the notion of an organism has developed since it was invented in French in the mid-18th century.

Why was there no controversy over Life in the Scientific Revolution? discusses how the technical scientific notion of Life slowly developed, but earlier than the invention of the term “Biology”.

The textbook problem with science journalism.

Language is an abstract phenotype.

Another conspiracy from the bunker? Or throwing out the Bible with the bathwater?

What happens when you put someone in charge who is beyond criticism? This and this. Especially that.

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