A bit of reading.
History of Science
Can History and Philosophy of Science be Applied in Socially Relevant Ways? Does Newton feign an hypothesis? Narrow and Broad Historiography and Self-Interested History. Jean Baptiste Lamarck: Founder of Lamarckian Evolution. Visual representations: Giants’ Shoulders #28.
Mandelbrot and Akaike: from taxonomy to smooth runways (pioneering work in fractals and self-similarity). Kwame Anthony Appiah on Honour. Neuroscience and free will: religion and science do not always disagree. Morals Without God? Does God’s omnipotence extend to vision? The study of society last part (Robert Paul Wolff). Can There Be a Science of Morality? [Nope] Little ‘Value’ in New Harris Book. At the Guardian: Socrates – a man for our times. Malmesbury bids to become UK’s first ‘philosophy town’. Atheists and believers can get along.
Thomas Aquinas: Saint of Evolutionary Psychologists? A Cornucopia of Darwinian Gems; a book review by Dr. Donald R. Prothero. Nothing in Economics Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution? 2010 Homology High-Low Count (misuses of “homology”). The chaos theory of evolution. Sex with thee and the last woman (the origin and maintenance of sex).
Pascal Boyer: The Fracture of an Illusion: It turns out that being religious improves your evolutionary fitness.
Is there evidence for God? What’s adequate evidence for God in principle? Coyne: Can there be evidence for God? PZ M-brane: It’s like he was reading my mind and Underwhelmed is putting it mildly and There aren’t any zogweebles, either.
Jerry Coyne and Mark Oppenheimer on the LA humanism conference (and some random observations). Fallout from Accommodation/Confrontation Debate Continues. A Prak-tical guide to confrontationalism and accommodationism.
Riding the Spore Wind at Small Things Considered. Asteroid may have triggered evolution. E. O. Wilson, Harrison Ford Ask You to Give a Damn About Biodiversity. Who’s that old guy sitting next to Ed Wilson? Running With Arenahippus. 8000 years of genetic engineering in your fruitbowl. Neolithic milk fog. In Memoriam: George Christopher Williams, 1926–2010. Different but equal: the implausible assumption at the heart of neutral theory. Societies evolve in steps. What does it mean that a nation is ‘Unscientific’?