Our next philosophy of biology meeting will be Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the philosophy lounge, room 201 West Duke building on East Campus. We’re preparing for our conference this June by reading some recent papers on biological information. Our next papers are Bergstrom and Rosvall’s “The transmission sense of information” and Ulrich Stegmann’s response, “On the ‘transmission sense of information.’” The second paper is very short, so it shouldn’t be that much more to read.
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The next philosophy of biology reading group will be tomorrow, March 19. We meet at 7:30 p.m. in the the West Duke building on East campus. We are continuing our discussion of Formal Darwinism next week with Gardner & Grafen’s “Capturing the superorganism: a formal theory of group adaptation.”
We’re continuing our discussion on whether a rigorous, formalized account of Darwinism is possible. Our reading for this week is Samir Okasha & C. Paternotte’s “Group adaptation, formal darwinism and contextual analysis.” They discuss and contextualize Grafen’s formal darwinism approach to group selection. Several papers on this subject by people in this group have been sent about in the past week, so this promises to be an interesting meeting.
We will meet tomorrow, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the West Duke Building on East Campus. Drinks will be available.