Archive for the ‘biology’ Category

Dominic Johnson, What are atheists for? Hypotheses on the functions of non-belief in the evolution of religion, Religion, Brain & Behavior, Vol. 2, No. 1, February 2012, 48-99 http://dominicdpjohnson.com/publications/pdf/2012JohnsonWhatAreAtheistsFor.pdf “An explosion of recent research suggests that religious beliefs and behaviors are universal, arise from deep-seated cognitive mechanisms, and were favored by natural selection over human […]

J. B. S Haldane, Julian Huxley, Animal biology, 1927 “The one great difference between man and all other animals is that for them evolution must always be a blind force, of which they are quite unconscious; whereas man has, in some measure at least, the possibility of consciously controlling evolution according to his wishes.” I […]

Hinshelwood is a famous chemist (Nobel price for kinetics of chain reactions). He also spent the considerable time on research of the growth of bacterial cells. From his biography: “Shortly before the 1939-45 war, Hinshelwood began work on the growth of bacterial cells. For some time he had been thinking about applying kinetic measurements and […]

Microbial genomics challenge Darwin Collection of 14 papers. Editors Didier Raoult, Eugene V. Koonin. Front. Cell. Infect. Microbiol. 2012. Editorial: Microbial genomics challenge Darwin Didier Raoult, and Eugene V. Koonin http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fcimb.2012.00127/full Different approaches: Raoult: radical upstaging of the Darwinian paradigm. Forterre and Gupta: conservative view. Koonin and Wolf: strives to balance the radical and the […]

My comments to the everything-list while discussing Fodor’s paper Why Pigs Don’t Have Wings https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/everything-list/xcBi6v8SAg4 ———————– To understand Fodor’s answer it is necessary to understand his argument. Shortly: 1) Natural selection is assumed to be unintentional. It just happens but it does not has a goal. 2) The existence of coextensive traits in the organism […]

Lately I have met the name of Jacques Monod several times with respect to his depressive views on nature of mankind. Below is information about him from books and papers that I have read. I. Prigogine and I. Stengers, The new alliance, Scientia 112 (1977) Epigraph to the paper. J. Monod. “The ancient alliance has […]

I have received a comment from Prof Gladyshev to http://blog.rudnyi.ru/2013/04/thermodynamics-of-evolution.html I have browsed three his papers available at MDPI: [1] Georgi P. Gladyshev, Thermodynamic Theory of Biological Evolution and Aging. Experimental Confirmation of Theory, Entropy 1999, 1(4), 55-68; doi:10.3390/e1040055 [2] Georgi P. Gladyshev, On Thermodynamics, Entropy and Evolution of Biological Systems: What Is Life from […]

“The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism from experiencing affective states. Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors.  Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological […]