Tag Archives: Biology

The Flower and the Butterfly

Symbiotic relationships pose chicken and egg problems, which abound. One that has always intrigued is the question; what came first, the flower or the butterfly? Recent research more firmly establishes that the answer to that question very much is the … Continue reading

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Why Only US? On The Very Idea of a Social Construction

Albert Einstein never won the Nobel Prize for physics on account of relativity, even though it became a well accepted part of our understanding of nature and acquired empirical support well within his lifetime. It was considered too different, too … Continue reading

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The Space Launch System and the Copernican Principle

There has been a trifecta of very recent news regarding the Space Launch System, which I almost missed given the frenetic activity associated with North Korea’s strategic nuclear programmes. NASA reports that a full scale model of the core of … Continue reading

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Biodiversity Loss and Biological Annihilation

Recently I happened to come across a book on biodiversity loss which stated, in the introduction, that much had been written about the crisis of biodiversity loss but little about what may be done about it. That book was written … Continue reading

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Big Animals and the Biodiversity Crisis: Dating of Mastodon Butchered by Humans Should Have Us Thinking of Now Not the Past.

A paper just published in Nature, widely reported, is said to say much about human origins. I think it says much more about humans now, humans in the future, and humanity’s relationship with the organic world. I think the latter … Continue reading

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Thomas Nagel on the Naturalism of Daniel Dennett

Thomas Nagel, without question one of my favourite philosophers and writers, has a nifty review of Daniel Dennet’s latest work in The New York Review of Books. Nagel has written quite a few articles lately in the London and New … Continue reading

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The Cosmic Gaia Hypothesis and the Copernican Principle

As a geological fellow traveller, I have always been interested, I would say extremely fascinated, by the seemingly symbiotic interactions between earth systems and biological systems. David Grinspoon writes a truly thought provoking article for Nautilus on this topic, which … Continue reading

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Does the Deep Earth Biosphere Suggest There are Ecosystems on Mars?

Astrobiology is perhaps the newest scientific discipline, and a noteworthy feature of astrobiology is its highly interdisciplinary nature. The boundary between intellectual disciplines are largely social, not natural nor cognitive, constructions and this point is worth reflecting upon when thinking … Continue reading

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Was Frege a Quack?

The duck has become the symbol of the Ne Da(vi)mo Beograd protest movement (a play on words which means both “we will not give up Belgrade” and “we will not drown Belgrade”), that is gathering momentum in Serbia. At issue … Continue reading

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Magisterial New Study on Sociality and Evolution Points to a Link Between Cooperation and Survival

We often forget that one of the most well known exponents of classical anarchism, the Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin, founded that intellectual discipline we now call “sociobiology.” This fact is of significance for in his Mutual Aid Kropotkin, an anarchist-communist, … Continue reading

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