"Die, Selfish Gene, Die."
That’s the title of a controversial new article by David Dobbs. In it, he argues that the "selfish gene" (coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976) represents an outdated gene-centric approach to evolution. Instead, he says we need to focus on things like gene expression and genetic accommodation — things the "selfish gene" covers up and under-emphasizes.
Dobbs has been criticized for his biology (e.g. here and here and especially here), and he’s responded in an interesti… »
The Canadian government’s position on Israel has once again entered the spotlight this week, as Liberal fundraiser Stephen Bronfman pointed out that Justin Trudeau had actually been to Israel, while Israel’s close friend Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not. A day later, reports emerged that the Prime Minister would be visiting Israel shortly – perhaps to visit the Bird Sanctuary that is being named in his honour. Again, the strange connection the Conservatives have forged with Israel seems st… »
President Obama on Wednesday compared the challenges of health care reform to the civil rights movement as he urged young people to do “whatever they can” to help boost enrollment in Obamacare.In an address to a youth summit hosted at the White House, Obama urged young supporters to not get “discouraged” amid the health care law’s rocky rollout and with polls showing declining support for the president’s signature achievement.“Stuff that’s worth it is always hard. The civil rights movement was …
For some time I have been interested in Richard Waller (d. 1715), a fellow of the Royal Society who served as Secretary and also as Vice-President under Newton’s presidency. He was an accomplished draughtsman – his botanical drawings can be … Continue reading →
(Editor’s Note: Jesse Lemisch posted this extraordinary piece on the S-USIH Facebook Page on December 5. He noted, “[t]his touches on some things that have been discussed here, including Hutchins, Strauss, the University of Chicago, Arendt, the Vietnam War, etc. […]
The Research Team is currently in the process of producing The National Archives’ new Academic Engagement Strategy. This strategy will highlight our continuing commitment to our academic audience and also…
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This conference will take place on the afternoon of Friday 16 May, and all day on Saturday 17 May 2014, at Birkbeck College, London
Chair: Professor Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck
In recent years, historians of psychiatry have heeded Roy Porter’s call to produce psychiatric histories from the patient’s point of view. Studies have moved on from focusing on medical discourse to investigating the diversity … »
The joys of dancing are plain to see from this early advert for the Hammersmith Palais de Danse, taken from the Tatler of 15 September 1920.
The caption reads:
From time immemorial the “poetry of movement” has exercised an irresistible fascination over mankind. No other form of recreation is so healthful or develops in its devotees such a gracefulness of movement and deportment. The opening of the Palais de Danse marked a new era in the dancing world; at a single bound it has taken a premier po… »