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Hi all,
I know the weather seems to be against us, but it looks like the worst of it will pass by tomorrow. So let’s still try to meet then.
Our next set of papers will be Elliott Sober’s “Trait fitness is not a propensity, but fitness variation is” from a recent Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. We will also read Charles Pence & Grant Ramsey’s response, “Is Organismic Fitness at the Basis of Evolutionary Theory?” Both are relatively short. Grant will again be joining us to answer any questions we may have.
We will be meeting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. We will not be meeting in our usual building. Some of you may have heard: the ceiling in the philosophy building has collapsed. Therefore, for the rest of the semester, we will be meeting at the Dan McShea lab: 223 BioSci. There should be parking in the nearby garage: Parking Garage IV, Bryan Center. This is available to Duke Card holders (enter at the lowest level, at the bottom of the hill across from the camel in BioSci. Non Duke-Card holders will have to enter at the top of the hill. Let me know if there are any problems, we’ll try to address them.

Many thanks to Dan McShea for opening his office to us.

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Hello everybody,
Duke Grad and Notre Dame assistant professor Grant Ramsey is in Durham this semester. We are taking advantage of his presence with two distinct events. First, he’s going to be giving a talk this Friday on “Human nature in a post-essentialist world.” That talk will be held in West Duke 202 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. You can find more information on the colloquium on the Philosophy website here, or the Duke Events calendar here.
Secondly, and most importantly, we’re going to be reading his paper (with Andreas De Block), “Is Cultural Fitness Hopelessly Confused?” for our next reading group. The paper is attached. As usual, let’s meet Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the second floor lounge of the West Duke Building on East campus.

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Happy new year, all,
Let’s start the semester on the right foot by meeting next Tuesday. Let’s read Ellen Clarke’s “Multiple Realizability of Biological Individuals” from a recent issue of the Journal of Philosophy. What can count as a biological individual (and what that says about evolution) is a hot topic of concern among some areas of philosophy of biology and Ellen Clarke is one of the best people to read on this.
As usual, let’s meet Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the second floor lounge of the West Duke Building on East campus.
See you there!
-Carlos

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