Philosophy posts

Plagiarism, citations, and fact checking

Some interesting things in the web lately. One is a new system that purports to find cases of plagiarism. Science ...
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Burke on Definition

I was discussing whether science or religion can be defined, when I was reminded of this: No lines can be ...
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The hammer of religious faith

To a man with a hammer, everything is a nail. But hammers actually have a purpose that is useful. They ...
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Links from around

AK’s Rambing Thoughts has a very extensive discussion of the origin of Eukaryotes. Ed Yong at Not Exactly Rocket Science ...
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Fame in Brazil

A paper of mine on microbial species concepts, which started life on ET1 and hence you’ll be able to find ...
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No, it’s not an ancestor either (probably)

In addition to the “missing link” trope that is being dished out about the new primate fossil, is another one, ...
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Philosophy and evolution

One of the problems that many people have with evolution is not religious, but philosophical. If evolution is true, they ...
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Creative Commons and textbooks

Anyone who has had to order textbooks for students knows how expensive they are. Here’s something that I hope may ...
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Punnett on Mendelism and species

The wonderful Project Gutenberg has just released a fully HTMLised version of R. C. Punnett’s (he of the famous “square”) ...
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Welcome u n d e r v e r s e

This is to note that u n d e r v e r s e, the blog that uses nineteenth ...
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Benson Mates dies

Leiter reports that Benson Mates has died, and links to the UC Berkeley short obit: The Department announces with great ...
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What is the “humanities”?

It is often the case that when non-academics, or even non-humanities academics, talk about my generic field, they refer to ...
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There is no missing link

Again, the press are talking about “the missing link“. Let’s get one thing clear. There is no missing link. Rather, ...
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The first biological species concept

Before this text in 1686, the term species just meant some sort or kind of organism. It was a Latin ...
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The science of systematics

As the science of order (“taxonomy”), Systematics is a pure science of relations, unconcerned with time, space, or cause. Unconcerned ...
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Is religious cognition adaptive?

There was a paper recently in PNAS on “The cognitive and neural foundations of religious belief“. A couple of bloggers, ...
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A new online philosophy of biology journal

It’s called Philosophy and Theory in Biology. This is based on some heavy hitters: Massimo Pigliucci, Jon Kaplan, Alan Love ...
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Do you believe in evolution?

Asks MSNBC’s Chris Matthews of the GOP’s Mike Pence. The latter dances around it, trying to avoid asserting what science ...
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Digesting the literature

Many years ago, ians, really, I naively asked my lecturer who I thought knew everything in the field, how he ...
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