Whether a genetic basis for language is the wrong way to look at it. It is, language
evolved as a method of conveying certain information, about food or danger etc. It
probably piggy-backed off of the auditory system merely because some functionality that
Critical Note 4
Neuroscience and Morality:
The connection of a prairie vole gene to monogamy is almost too ridiculous for me to
discuss. Even if we considered the idea that genes led to strict biological products (such
as a fixed amount of vasopressin rec
Critical Note 3:
The question I would like to address is whether or not advances in developmental
biology necessitate a drastic change in the way we conceive of evolution by natural
selection. Drastic is the important word here, because both sides of the
Part One: Use of the word Purpose
I will admit that after thinking it through, I could see how William Paleys
argument could be quite appealing given the scientific knowledge of his time. That being
said, however, his use purpose seemed out
Critical Note 2:
There is the replicator and the vehicle, the phenotype and the genotype; but where
is the distinction made between these two concepts? Is the phenotype able to be broken
down into distinct bits of information that get shuffled each genera
Modern Synthesis satisfactory understanding of evolution from a genetics point of
view. Or at least reconciliation of these two views.
Genes that control development are highly conserved across taxa.
Neo-darwinism evolution as a change in allel
Philosophy of Biology
Only be hyperconfident about opinions etc. in social sphere. be merely confident in
ability in science.
Olby reading: the something school studying viruss. They were on the border of living,
and so we could see how they replicate.
Philosophy of Biology:
Darwins Origin of Species:
central ideas 1-4 ch.
Objections and how Darwin attempts to answer them. Are these successful
How does it affect Neo-Darwinian paradigm:
Laubichler: revolutionary nature of devo,
Critical Note 5:
Naturalism vs. Supernaturalism
It seems from both Forrests and Sobers accounts, it is safe to conclude that
methodological naturalism does not necessarily refute a supernatural realm or
supernatural causation. This is a point often overlo
Eugenics & Designer Babies:
BU philosophy of science colloquium
May 3rd, go to a colloquium in lieu of a critical note:
Another one Friday April 27th, Are men and women different species mental
Term papers 15 pages: Start Researching
Philosophy of Biology: February 16th
Descent of Man implications for cultural ideas
Arguably impacts design argument
Capitalist turn to this (Darwin was influenced first by Thomas Malthus)
Carnegie and Vanderbilt blatently appe
Phil Bio Paper Outline:
-check out other conceptions of mind.
How will neuroscience change our conception of the self? Will notions of free will,
choice, emotion, desire, thought etc., be unnecessary or even contradictory?
I think some of our concepts are