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How evolutionary biology makes everyone an existentialist | Aeon Essays
"Each variant of human desire is ‘natural’, not in the sense of being required, but only of being made possible by nature. And it is in what nature makes possible, not in what it necessitates, that we should look for the answer to the question about what we should be or do."
philosophy  ethics  existentialism  evolution  biology 
january 2018 by pw201
Critically Examining the doctrine of gender identity - YouTube
A presentation by Rebecca Reilly-Cooper for Coventry Skeptics. The Q&A (linked from the description) is interesting too.

A concept of gender identity which is entirely exhausted by "I am what I say I am" doesn't stand up to the scrutiny of a professional philosopher like Reilly-Cooper, and I hadn't realised that people were saying things like "my penis is a female sex organ, because I am female" (as opposed to saying "it's a woman's, because I am a woman").

I do wonder how much harm is being done by people believing wacky things in this case, though: is it common for males to cynically claiming to be women in order to harass women?
gender  sex  feminism  identity  identity-politics  biology  philosophy 
march 2016 by pw201
liv | Against Dawkins
Is the gene centred view (of which Dawkins is a major proponent) the best one?
genetics  genes  richard-dawkins  selfish-gene  biology  science  genotype  phenotype 
december 2013 by pw201
Cancer is just as deadly as it was 50 years ago. Here's why that's about to change.
"We spoke to cancer experts to find out why the death rate from cancer hasn't changed in the past 50 years — and we learned how genetic therapies could transform cancer treatments tomorrow."
medicine  biology  science  genetics  cancer 
february 2012 by pw201
He Said/She Said
Grim-meathook-future SF author Peter Watts's wedding vows: "And you and I are going to kick biological determinism in the balls." Aw, sweet.
wedding  marriage  biology  monogamy 
august 2011 by pw201
Odds Are, It's Wrong - Science News
What goes wrong with the 5% significance level in scientific papers.
science  mathematics  maths  statistics  biology  medicine  bayes  bayesian 
march 2010 by pw201
Photographic Height/Weight Chart
Self-submitted photographs of people, tabulated by weight and height. Interesting stuff. Via Metafilter.
health  photos  photography  images  height  weight  statistics  photo  biology 
march 2010 by pw201
Signature in the Cell | The BioLogos Foundation
Darrel Falk, a Christian and a professor of biology, finds problems with the science in Stephen Mayer's "The Signature in the Cell". Via Jerry Coyne.
evolution  intelligent-design  science  religion  creationism  dna  rna  stephen-meyer  darrel-falk  biology  discovery-institute 
january 2010 by pw201
“The Collapse Of Intelligent Design”
Ken Miller demonstrating why ID is not backed by evidence. Miller's a Catholic, not a neo-sceptical atheist neo-rationalist.
ken-miller  intelligent-design  id  evolution  creationism  science  biology  dna 
november 2009 by pw201
Was our oldest ancestor a proton-powered rock? - life - 19 October 2009 - New Scientist
Of course not, God did it. Still, it's a fascinating theory, and a well written article from New Scientist.
evolution  life  science  dna  research  biology  ocean  bacteria  abiogenesis 
october 2009 by pw201

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