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Sequence the Bombadier Beetle! Vote now!

Dear evopeeps, the following is a public service announcement: We need YOUR help to sequence the Explosive Bombardier Beetle genome. Our team’s bombardier beetle proposal has been selected as one of five finalists to undergo a popular vote for the world’s most interesting genome! The final winner receives Pacific Biosciences (PacBio) SMRT Sequencing and genome Read More…

Continuing the Christendom-Caliphate war

Is it just me, or is the current round of anti-Islam sentiment just a revival of the medieval anti-Caliphate/crusade mentality? In short, isn’t this just Christians versus Muslims all over again? I thought that was finished in 1683, with the [second] siege of Vienna. But apparently not. And this indicates that those atheists who are Read More…

The March for Science – my thoughts in interview

Hi folks. Sorry for the delay in writing. I have been revising my book, and all the creative juices are going into that. One exception, though, is this interview by Adam Ford with me on the Philosophy of Science implications of the March for Science.http://www.scifuture.org/marching-for-science-with-john-wilkins-a-perspective-from-philosophy-of-science/ Here’s a direct link to the Youtube video.

Whately on species

Given the mythology that species were defined by essences prior to Darwin found in nearly every textbook, I find this passage, published in 1826 by Archbishop Richard Whately (1787–1863), first in the Encyclopaedia Metropolitana (a project initially proposed by Coleridge) and then as a separate textbook, very telling. Whately was Archbishop of Dublin in the Read More…

New species book contract!

Hi all. I have signed a new contract with Taylor and Francis for my revision of the species book, which is now to be known as Species: The History and Philosophy of the Idea. Much will be new in it – I will be fixing and expanding on many topics, adding an entire review of the Read More…

Prichard on species 2

James Prichard wrote his Researches into the physical history of mankind in 1813, in which he argued not only that humanity was a single species (a view called monogenism), but that they were effectively the same in their intelligence and faculties. In the course of this, he spoke repeatedly about what counted as a species. In the Read More…

Species Rewrite

I’m thinking of doing a rewrite of Species: A History of the Idea. Do my readers have any suggestions or wishes for it? Let me know in the comments. Some ideas: Make the subtitle and the content: The History and Philosophy of the Idea More stuff on the 15th century More on the modern debates More Read More…