I really have to do these more often… but I’ve been teaching.
Formulating Questions in the History of Science at the new Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science blog, PACHSmörgåsbord. Also, Surveying “The Giant’s Shoulders”, the blog carnival. Also Popular History of Science for the American G.I..
The Dispersal of Darwin has Asa Gray born 200 years ago, how to celebrate. Also Darwin’s progress and the problem of slavery. Also Dispatches from the Evolution Wars: Shifting Tactics and Expanding Battlefields. And finally, “What’s New” at Darwin Online (large update).
Sex, Evolution, and the Case of the Missing Polygamists at The Primate Diaries.
Shoehorning science: Darwin and group selection: was Darwin a group selectionist?
A new blog at Nature Networks: Evolverie.
Why young adults change their religious beliefs at Epiphenom. Another killer piece. Also Suicide, age and poison, on the correlation between Protestantism and the higher rate of suicide. Turns out, it may not be economic.
Technological Determinism, Scientific Reasoning, and Leslie White discusses, among other things, Jacques Ellul, a name I haven’t heard in a long while.
Vive l’histoire! – the history of France the way it should be done.
Carl Zimmer reports on updates to the Vitruvian Man diagram.
The study of society — a response to Luke’s mother, by Robert Paul Wolff on preliminaries to the study of society. Wolff is also trying to raise funds for South African student scholarships.
The RNA dreamtime: Modern cells feature proteins that might have supported a prebiotic polypeptide world but nothing indicates that RNA world ever was.
Turnbull and the ‘spirit’ of the experimental method: the origins of experimental philosophy of morality.
What scientists want: Robert Boyle’s to-do list: note that this is the 17th century and one of them is “The Transmutation of Species in Mineralls, Animals, and Vegetables.”
Glenn Beck is obsessed with Hitler and Woodrow Wilson. (I’m just saying.) Amateur history indeed.
The Ins & Outs of Those Mysterious Microcompartments at Small Things Considered. What do they do?
The reality of a universal language faculty? Melody suggests it isn’t…
Did Charles Darwin stick pins into babies? Of course not.
Teaching of philosophy made easier with new philosophy resource – for primary school children. Corrupt their minds when they’re young, I say!
Intersections Between Baptist Theologians and Reformational Philosophers: Pinnock, Grenz, and Smith – how conservative theologians deal with those who are trying to reconcile theology with the modern world. And, Closer Look at Rift Between Humanists Reveals Deeper Divisions – how the new atheist movement deals with the older style of conciliatory humanists.
Ever wondered how to do metaphysics? Metaphysics and method.
Why we don’t need transhumanism by Massimo Pigliucci. I think we don’t need it because it’s based on falsehoods.
This Week in Intelligent Design – 05/10/10 – Jack’s always worth checking out.
Sverige först med att transplantera livmödrar – it means that the Swedes are about to do a uterus transplant. In humans. In a while…
A Final Verdict on the Nazi Philosopher: Heidegger. Really? The last word? He don’t know philosophers very well, do he?
Now for some papers:
PCAS Volume 61 – a lot of free PDFs on Darwin in the Galápagos.
Popper’s Darwinian Analogy by Bence Nanay.
God, Design, and Evolution: A Teleological Argument for Atheism by Raymond Bradley.