Thanks to the generosity of three donors – Neil, James and Ben – I have enough to pay the rent on this place. Now I have to do some writing. Problem is I’m time poor, so I thought I’d write up some of my lecture notes as posts. Expect some stuff on the idea of nature, and maybe some other lectures.

I am also thinking of a series on sexual ethics and relationships. It may be rather different to the previous posts. Let me know what you think.

Again, thanks to the donors. They are all friends, and their and others’ kind words encourage me greatly.

I know I have been remiss in not updating ET for a while. I am working in a very hard boring (lowly paid) job and my mind is not roaming as far as it used to right now.

However, the fees for the domain and hosting are due, and I cannot make them, so it may cease to be anyway. If you find it no longer there, that will be why. My apologies.

As readers may have noticed, I have been pretty inactive here lately. This is because I have been finishing a book and sending it off to the publishers, which was achieved about 8 hours ago. The book is titled The Nature of Classification, and it will come out from Palgrave Macmillan. I coauthored this with Malte Ebach.

When I have done a few things, I will return to the Living With Evolution series. The next series of posts will be on Evolution and Morality. If you have questions you would like to see discussed, drop them in the comments below.

I will have received a lot of requests to revive the blog, which is very gratifying, but to be venal about it puts no money in my pocket. So if anyone wants a philosophy of science, especially biology and the social aspects of science, blog for their stable, the way Scienceblogs used to operate, so I can generate some income, I am willing to move it. In short, I want to sell out, largely because I like sleeping under cover and eating.


Berkeley June 2012

I’ll be in Berkeley (California, in case there’s another one somewhere) from around the 9th to the 15th of March, to give a talk to the Mellon-Sawyer series Speciesism and the Future of Humanity. Anyone who wants an unemployed philosopher to give a talk to their group also, or just buy him a meal, should let me know by the Contacts form.

Unfortunately the workshop is not open to the public, but there’ll be a podcast. My title is “God, politics and species”.