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Royal Society Set to Release Evo Meeting Details

Suzan Mazur | Posted 05.21.2016 | Science
Suzan Mazur

The Royal Society science office says the suspense will soon be over. It will announce presenter names/topics for the November evolution paradigm shif...

John Dupré Interview: Deeper into the Royal Society Evolution Paradigm Shift Meeting

Suzan Mazur | Posted 02.08.2016 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Since the upcoming Royal Society meeting on evolution paradigm shift is a public one, one of its organizers -- British philosopher John Dupré -- recently agreed to answer some of my questions about the event.

Günther Witzany: Modern Synthesis "Must Be Replaced," Communication Key to Evolution

Suzan Mazur | Posted 08.07.2015 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Günther Witzany received his PhD in philosophy from Ludwig Maximilans University in Munich for his thesis on "the foundation of ethical norms and implementation in personal life forms."

Peter Saunders Interview (Part 2): Evolution and GMOs

Suzan Mazur | Posted 07.19.2016 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Peter Saunders in Part 2 of our recent interview comments on why it's crucial to understand how evolution works in light of the ongoing genetic modification of organisms. He is a long-time critic of neo-Darwinism, particularly of the assumption of "one gene -- one character."

Life Is Semiosis: A Chat with Kalevi Kull

Suzan Mazur | Posted 07.04.2016 | Science
Suzan Mazur

With Internet content increasingly about video, about meaningful signaling - i.e., semiosis -- I thought it might be time to ring up Kalevi Kull, a theoretical biologist in Estonia at the University of Tartu's Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics to talk about developments.

Replace the Modern Synthesis (Neo-Darwinism): An Interview With Denis Noble

Suzan Mazur | Posted 07.09.2014 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Denis Noble's understanding of music is clearly reflected in the elegance with which he communicates science. Maybe that's partly why he was invited to China to talk about evolution and the need to move beyond neo-Darwinism. (Noble prefers the term "modern synthesis.")

Why the 'Gene' Concept Holds Back Evolutionary Thinking

James A. Shapiro | Posted 01.30.2013 | Science
James A. Shapiro

DNA and molecular genetics have brought us to a fundamentally new conceptual understanding of genomes, how they are organized and how they function.

Natural Genetic Engineering and Natural Selection: Perplexing Delusions of Certain Neo-Darwinist Advocates

James A. Shapiro | Posted 06.23.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

The curious responses to my position exposed a fundamental difference in understanding of biological functions between molecular geneticists and these particular proponents of population genetics. Because I can only speak for the molecular side, let me elaborate.

Truth and Reconciliation for Group Selection IV: The Great Reckoning

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sloan Wilson

By the 1960's, evolutionary theory had settled into a comfortable paradigm called the Modern Synthesis.