Science posts

Whately on species

Given the mythology that species were defined by essences prior to Darwin found in nearly every textbook, I find this ...
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New species book contract!

Hi all. I have signed a new contract with Taylor and Francis for my revision of the species book, which ...
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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 ...
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Species Rewrite

I'm thinking of doing a rewrite of Species: A History of the Idea. Do my readers have any suggestions or ...
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A new (and apparently excellent) book on species concepts

We interrupt our ordinary transmission to note the forthcoming publication of an excellent (based on what I can read online) ...
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The History of Life: Aristotle’s explanations

Causes Aristotle is (in)famous for his four causes, although they are better thought of as types of explanations. They are ...
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The History of Life: Aristotle – Underlying philosophy

Plato’s pupil, and later Alexander the Great’s tutor, Aristotle was born in Stagira in Macedonia in 384 BCE (died 322 ...
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The History of Life: Before Aristotle 4 – Plato and the birth of design

As we have seen, Greek thought before Aristotle tended to fall into two broad camps on the nature of life ...
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The History of Life: Before Aristotle 3 – The Four Elements

The Four Elements (Empedocles) Empedocles (ca. 495–435 BCE), who lived in Sicily, was influenced both by the Pythagoreans and Parmenides (in his poem ...
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Evopsychopathy series in PDF

I have converted my series on Evolutionary Psychology and Sociobiology to a handy PDF. Feel free to download it or ...
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The History of Life: Before Aristotle 2 – The Eleatics and the atomists

I will be passing over many philosophers, such as Heraclitus ("everything flows”) only because they said nothing of great influence ...
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The History of Life: Before Aristotle 1 – the Milesians and monism

Normally in the history of philosophy the earliest Greek thinkers are referred to as “pre-Socratics”, but in biology, the first ...
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The History of Life: Nature versus Humanity

Before there was a literate, and philosophical, historical record, humans existed at least some 80,000 years. Around 12,500 years ago ...
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The History of Life: Prelude

I thought I might write a series on the history of biology from prehistory to the present day. It might ...
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My latest publication

Book ReviewMetasciencepp 1-4 First online: 15 June 2016 Drawing the tree of life J. David Archibald: Aristotle’s ladder, Darwin’s tree: ...
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Is the brain a computer?

There is an ongoing debate over whether or not our brains are computers lately (against | for). This is an ...
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A nineteenth century view on classification

The principle upon which I understand the Natural System of Botany to be founded is, that the affinities of plants ...
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Is Physicalism coherent?

In my last post I argued that physicalism cannot be rejected simply because people assert there are nonphysical objects which ...
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Is physicalism an impoverished metaphysics?

Every so often, we read about some philosopher or other form of public intellectual who makes the claim that a ...
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Even more videos by Adam Ford

Adam has caught up with the remainder of his interviews with me and put them on Facebook. Once more I ...
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