January 2017 Environmental Evolution newsletterClick for this Resource!
This newsletter discusses the need for a new theory of evolution in evolutionary biology that incorporates biological relativity and the research featured at the Royal Society meeting, New Trends in Evolution: biological, philosophical and social science perspectives. Biological relativity is a concept that Oxford Professor of Systems Biology and President of the International Union of Physiological Sciences, Denis Noble debuts and explains and compares to the Modern Synthesis (neo-Darwinism) in his new book, “Dance to the Tune of Life: Biological Relativity.” Also included are links to reporting on the RS meeting, audio files of the RS meeting, and some thoughts about why the Modern Synthesis is now insufficient as an explanation of the changing biosphere through geologic time.
- Used by people who call the work: Cosmic Evolution, Gaia Theory/Science-Based Systems Thinking
- Applies a deep time evolutionary perspective to: Agriculture, Art, Biology and Earth Systems Science, Ecology/Sustainability, Education, Government, Law, Other (the modern cultural zeitgeist), Religion/Spirituality, Social Justice
- Learning Stages: Adult Education, Higher Education, Lifelong, Secondary 9 - 12
- Type: Document
- Keywords: Denis Noble, Lynn Margulis, Barbara McClintock, Douglas Futuyama, Modern Synthesis, neo-Darwinism, symbiogenesis, natual genetic engineering, natural selection, Royal Society, New Trends in Evolution, West World, Cosmos: A Spacetime Journey, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Martin Brassier, the measurement of doubt
- Why I love this Resource: A discussion of Biology adopting the Theory of Relativity and balancing reductionism with systems thinking. Also discussed is Martin Brasier's conception of science as a unigue system for the measurement of doubt which employs relativity as a necessary metric. In what has been descrived as a "Post-Fact" world, it is necessary to understand what a fact in science is and what it is not.
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- Posted By: James MacAllister
- Date Added: January 4, 2017