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St Andrews is nicer anyway

February 3, 2009


Received a reply from the Venice Summer School for Science and Religion. Their conclusion was that my “proposal does not fit well the direction the school plans to venture”. Given that I was going to argue that religious beliefs are basically exapted superstitions, I can’t say that I disagree. I would have been fairly surprised […]

Bristol sounds like a nice place in September

December 14, 2008


At the very least, they keep organising very interesting conferences. This one, in particular, goes right to the top of my list of ones I’d like to attend next year: Evolution, Co-operation and Rationality Conference, September 18-20th 2009 Confirmed Speakers: Cristina Bicchieri, Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania; Ken Binmore, Economics, University College London, University of Bristol; […]

Groups, religions and evolution

December 1, 2008


As part of my course on superstitions, I’ve been looking at DS Wilson’s 2005 Human Nature article testing evolutionary hypotheses and find that the more I think about it, the more worried I am about its soundness. In particular, I am concerned about the methodology Wilson uses in that study. He’s looking at a sample […]

KLI on Flickr

September 11, 2008


The Konrad Lorenz Institute is now up on Flickr. The first set of photos up is from the Extended Synthesis workshop and includes a few that were taken by me as well as a couple that include me. It is good to see them as they remind me just how much fun the workshop was.

Review of Hull and Ruse

August 19, 2008


My review of The Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Science edited by Hull and Ruse is up on the Metapsychology page. I thought the book was pretty damned good: While the articles are approachable, the Hull and Ruse volume does not feel like a dry introductory text that goes methodically through the central theses […]

Article for The Skeptic

July 14, 2008


A few months ago I mentioned an article on David Sloan Wilson I had written for The Skeptic. When I got into the office today an e-mail from Michael Shermer was waiting for me, saying that he was going to publish the article in the next available issue. As it happens, David Sloan Wilson had […]

The Pharyngula synteny

June 25, 2008


Apologies for the pun. PZ Myers has a fascinating explanation of how modern comparative genomics is done. As he puts it: It’s a combination of molecular archaeology and elaborate logic game, and it is impressive intellectual fun. And what more could you want? Reading stuff like that makes me genuinely excited and very glad to […]