John Maynard Smith (1 January 1920 – 19 April 2004)

by mizrob a. John Maynard Smith (wiki), one of the most influential evolutionary biologists (geneticist) died on this day in 2004. He's regarded by many as one of the greatest and original evolutionary thinkers. And mostly known for his introduction and application of game theory (along with George Price) to the field of evolutionary biology. Also... Continue Reading →

A Hero: W. D. Hamilton (1 August 1936 – 7 March 2000)

by mizrob a. William Donald Hamilton (wiki) was one of the most influential evolutionary biologists who died on this day (March 7) in 2000.  He revolutionized the field with his 1964 papers The Genetical Evolution of Social Behaviour (links posted under the Publications section). But that was the beginning, he went on publishing very influential papers on broad range of... Continue Reading →

What a Sad Loss: Derek Parfit (1942-2017)

by mizrob a. On January 1, we lost one of the most influential moral philosophers of 20th century. Derek Parfit was  Emeritus Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford and visiting professor of Philosophy at NYU, Harvard and Rutgers. His book 'Reasons and Persons' claimed to be one of the important works in moral philosophy literature.... Continue Reading →

Gifford Lectures on Natural Theology — Sean Carroll

  In October I had the honor of visiting the University of Glasgow to give the Gifford Lectures on Natural Theology. These are a series of lectures that date back to 1888, and happen at different Scottish universities: Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and St. Andrews. “Natural theology” is traditionally the discipline that attempts to learn about... Continue Reading →

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