What it Means We Evolved: Kindle book PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 March 2015 16:36

I've just published a new theory of evolution as a Kindle book here. The full title is, What it Means we Evolved: A Theory of Evolution for Artists and the Humanities. I present it in Part One of the book in the form of an updating of stoic physics. Part Two is all the stories I wrote through which I arrived at the various elements of the theory. Part Three is other writings related to science to give me some credibility as an authority on evolution! To the right of the Amazon page you can ask to have a sample sent to your Kindle reader, which includes the introduction. Then go ahead and buy it, it's only $5. If you can't afford that send me your email address and I'll have a free copy sent to you.

Review, Ronald Fisher's "Genetical Theory of Natural Selection" PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 February 2015 19:55

Why is this book important? Because it is still referred to as the basis for the population statistics on which rests the reigning scientific theory of evolution. As recently as 2010 Fisher was Richard Dawkins’ choice for the greatest biologist since Darwin: "He therefore could be said to have provided researchers in biology and medicine with their most important research tools, as well as with the modern version of biology’s central theorem.” But is the statistics within it sound. I conclude, no. More...

Why natural selection doesn't work PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 17:21

Natural selection is no mere idle fancy. Every so the logic behind it stirs a call for eugenics. "Unless we embrace genetic engineering, we will become a sickly and frail species" says Johnjoe McFadden, reader in molecular microbiology at the University of Surrey. Is natural selection so established a theory that we must take to the tumbrills and the guilotine once more?

Natural selection is notoriously hard to critique. Logically, it must contribute to evolution to some extent, just as, logically, friction must to some extent contribute to driving an automobile. But just as friction doesn't actually drive the automobile, natural selection may not be what actually drives evolution. How can we think our way through this?

I've arrived at a context in which it may be easier to evaluate natural selection. It's a physical situation that I think presents us with a parallel with the action of natural selection. More...

Being and Time: Heidegger, a review PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:36

You asked for it! Here it is. A review of Martin Heidegger's Being and Time. I give it an F.

Think like a dummy, about theory of mind PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:23

Video ventriloquism workshop "Think like a dummy" defending a dualist theory of mind, where I operate two dummies, one representing physicalism and the other dualism. Consider this for a college humanities department presentation, either as projected video, or having me perform.

Defense of dualism re evolution PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10:08

This article quotes from and responds to April-May 2014 posts on Scientia Salon.

“A few [philosophers] have been seen administering a number of discreet kicks to what appears to be the corpse of dualism: Get up, you fat fool, I need you,” (Mark English, “Does Philosophy Have a Future,” May 26). Mike Trites reminds us how remote material monism is from the dualist world view of the large section of the public that rejects physicalism (“What to do about consciousness,” April 23). In an attempt to reanimate the supposed corpse I have extracted from that world view a set of axioms and on them built a dualist theory of evolution. More...

Human Nature, by James Trefil: Review PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 17:12

In my review I useTrefil’s book to make a point: believing in natural selection does matter, if you’re James Trefil. “given that we have the ability to manage our planet, what will we manage it for? When I go through the exercise of asking how the planet should be managed, I come up with a very simple rule: The global ecosystem should be managed for the benefit, broadly conceived, of human beings. I call this the benefit-to-humans principle.” Why it matters what James Trefil believes is, he’s a fellow of the World Economic Forum. Full review...

Review: Origin of Species, 6th edition PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 13 September 2014 12:19

Origins impresses me as the labor of a supremely gifted naturalist unaware of his deficiencies as a scientist. His strategy to validate his claims is invariably to amass illustrations.  "To treat this subject properly a long list of dry facts ought to be given." "This subject... can be treated properly only by giving long catalogues of facts." The great mass of examples he provides  in support of his claims can tend to disguise the thinness of his arguments but it can't by itself validate them. Full review.

Evolution of a ventriloquist--sample audio file PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:29

I'm working up a ventriloquism performance. Volunteer to be an early tester? I've posted 30-minute audio file here. If you try it, please do tell me what you think of it--that's the deal. Respond to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Consciousness and the Social Brain, Michael Graziano, Review PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 August 2014 11:28

"Awareness is a description of attention.… I use the word [attention] in a neuroscientific sense. I am referring to a mechanistic process in the brain.... According to the theory, the statement “X is conscious” means “a brain (or other computational device) constructed an informational model of consciousness and attributed it to X.” Thus begins my review of Graziano's book.

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