Category Archives: Biology

Book Review: Darwin’s Dangerous Idea

Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meaning of Life by Daniel Dennett I’ve been reading Dan Dennett’s oeuvre out of order: by reading Intuition Pumps first, I’m already familiar with many of the arguments and thought experiments in Darwin’s Dangerous … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Greatest Show on Earth

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins While Richard Dawkins has been publishing works popularizing aspects of the theory of evolution by natural selection since The Selfish Gene in 1976 (which I reviewed), he had … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Blind Watchmaker

The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design by Richard Dawkins In my review of Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene, I made the point that it was something like “game theory as applied to biology” as … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gödel, Escher, Bach

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter There seems to be a great deal of confusion about what the book GEB is about, as the author alludes in the preface. This is understandable, since there are a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Selfish Gene

The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition by Richard Dawkins In wanting to deepen my knowledge of evolutionary biology, the writings of Richard Dawkins would necessarily ring out loudly calling for my attention. I’ve gone back to the beginning with Stephen … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Panda’s Thumb

The Panda’s Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould This is the second collection of essays by Stephen Jay Gould taken from his “This View of Life” column in the magazine Natural History, following Every Since Darwin. … Continue reading

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Bluebrain Year Three

I think that reverse-engineering the human brain could well be the scientific undertaking and accomplishment of the 21st century, rivaling the greatest successes of prior years. All human undertakings and accomplishments are essentially the results of brains doing things, and … Continue reading

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