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  • 11 Jul 2022
    Ronald A. Jenner

    Telling evolutionary stories

    In my book I trace the history of narrative phylogenetics—the science of evolutionary storytelling—from its pre-evolutionary roots to the present day. I outline the conceptual shifts involved in transforming a static view of nature into a dynamic view, where the branching evolutionary relationships between taxa are understood to be the products of the linear descent and divergence of evolving lineages. I discuss the enduring challenges of what I call lineage thinking, which involves weaving linear evolutionary narratives with branching evidence.

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  • 16 Feb 2021
    David Merritt

    Evaluating An Alternative Cosmology

    David Merritt, author of PROSE Award winning book "A Philosophical Approach to MOND: Assessing the Milgromian Research Program in Cosmology” discusses the competing theories of MOND and LCDM ‘Suppose that the dark-matter detection experiments continue to fail. How can we hope to ever decide between the two competing theories?’

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  • 23 Dec 2020
    Simon Friederich

    Are We Living in a Multiverse? Why We Might – and Why We Might Never Know

    Simon Friederich, author of Multiverse Theories: A Philosophical Perspective discusses the “multiverse” idea. What the idea entails and whether it can truly be tested.

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  • 18 Aug 2020
    Kostas Kampourakis, Tobias Uller

    Should biologists care at all about philosophy of science?

    Is philosophy of science of any use to biologists? A well-known response is that philosophy of science is as helpful to science, as ornithology is to birds. Whether or not it was Richard Feynman who actually said this does not affect the fact that many biologists that we have met, especially those older than us, […]

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  • 25 Jun 2020
    Kostas Kampourakis

    Understanding Evolution: Why do ostriches have wings, anyway?

    "Why do birds have wings?" "Why do eagles have wings?" "Why do penguins have wings?" "Why do ostriches have wings...?"

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  • 10 Jun 2020
    Christian Wüthrich, Keizo Matsubara, Nick Huggett

    Beyond Spacetime

    One of the greatest challenges in fundamental physics is to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity in a full theory of "quantum gravity”. It is a challenge that has by turns excited and frustrated physicists, for nearly a century.

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  • 6 Apr 2020
    Michael Shermer

    Countering Hate Speech with Free Speech

    On November 21 the British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen delivered a keynote address on the occasion of being honored with the International Leadership Award from the Anti-Defamation League, an organization deservedly praised for their activism in tracking and countering anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry. Cohen used the occasion to outline what, on first hearing, […]

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  • 18 Jul 2019
    James Zimring

    How Much Confidence Should We Place In Scientific Claims?

    James Zimring discusses the struggle of how to evaluate the claims of science in a world that demands an ever more rigorous consideration of how much confidence to put in such claims. Each of us is taught what science claims to be the case, but to what extent are we taught the basis for such claims – the strengths and pitfalls of science itself?

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