Beyond Belief

by mizrob a. The series of lectures/debates/talks at Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA. The program is called Beyond Belief and organised by The Science Network (thesciencenetwork.org). Moderated by Roger Bingham. Participating Scientists are from all different fields from physics to chemistry, biology, neuroscience, social sciences and philosophy. Some of the speakers touch on The Templeton Foundation.  ... Continue Reading →

A visit to the grave of W. D. Hamilton

Why Evolution Is True

If you’re an evolutionary biologist, you’ll know about the work of W. D. Hamilton, and if you’re not I don’t have the space to recount it.  Let me just say that he was one of the greatest evolutionary biologists of the twentieth century, who worked out the consequences of “inclusive fitness” (otherwise known as kin selection), its application to biological phenomena like sex ratios, and many other problems of social evolution. Born in 1936, he died way too young—in 2000—from complications of malaria contracted on a trip to Africa while investigating whether AIDS might have come from polio vaccine (he had some bad ideas as well as good ones!).

You can read more about his accomplishments at Wikipedia, or, better yet, order the new biography of Hamilton by Ullica Segerstrale, Nature’s Oracle: A Life of W. D. Hamilton, which comes out in January in the UK and February in…

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