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Laurence A. “Larry” Moran
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Denis Noble writes about junk DNA
I have read Dance to the Tune of Life . It's a very confusing book for several reasons. Denis Noble has a very different perspective on evolution and what evolutionary theory needs to accomplish. He thinks that life is characterized by something he calls "B...

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Jonathan Wells illustrates zombie science by revisiting junk DNA
Jonathan Wells has written a new book (2017) called Zombie Science: More Icons of Evolution . He revisits his famous Icons of Evolution from 2000 and tries to show that nothing has changed in 17 years. I wrote a book in 2000 about ten images images, ten "ic...

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"The Perils of Public Outreach"
Julia Shaw is a forensic psychologist. She is currently a senior lecturer in criminology at the London South Bank University (London, UK). Shaw is concerned that we are creating a culture where public outreach is being unfairly attacked. Read her Scientifi...

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Debating philosophers: Pierrick Bourrat responds to my criticism of his paper
I recently criticized a paper by Lu and Bourrat on the extended evolutionary synthesis [ Debating philosophers: The Lu and Bourrat paper ]. Pierrick Bourrat responds in this guest post. by Pierrick Bourrat Department of Philosophy. HPS Unit and the Charles ...

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Debating philosophers: Epigenetics
Qiaoying Lu and Pierrick Bourrat are philosophers in Australia. 1 Their research interests include evolutionary theory and they have taken an interest in the current debate over extending evolutionary theory. That debate has been promoted by a small group o...

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Debating philosophers: The molecular gene
This is my fifth post on the Lu and Bourrat paper [ Debating philosophers: The Lu and Bourrat paper ]. The authors are attempting to justify the inclusion of epigenetics into current evolutionary theory by re-defining the concept of "gene," specifically the...

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Debating philosophers: The evolutionary gene
This is the forth post on the Lu and Bourrat paper [ Debating philosophers: The Lu and Bourrat paper ]. The philosophers are attempting to redefine the word "gene" in order to make epigenetics compatible with current evolutionary theory. I define a gene in ...

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Debating philosophers: The difference between genes and alleles
This is my third post on the Lu and Bourrat (2017) paper [ Debating philosophers: The Lu and Bourrat paper ]. Part of their argument is to establish that modern evolutionary theory is a gene-centric theory. They need to make this connection because they are...

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Debating philosophers: The Modern Synthesis
I'm discussing a paper by Lu and Bourrat (2017) [ Debating philosophers: The Lu and Bourrat paper ]. They begin by describing current evolutionary theory, known (to them) as the Modern Synthesis. The paper is about challenges to current evolutionary theory ...

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Debating philosophers: The Lu and Bourrat paper
John Wilkins posted a link on Facebook to a recent paper by his colleagues in Australia. The authors are Qiaoying Lu of the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University in Sidney Australia and Pierrick Bourat of the Department of Philosophy at The Unive...
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