Genetics and Evolution
Evolutionary Epistemology. By Gene Callahan “This [is] an objection to evolutionary epistemology in all of its forms—that there is no reason whatever for supposing that the web of belief which has emerged via natural and cultural evolution mirrors nature or tracks reality.
It will do so, according to evolutionary theory itself, only in so far as such mirroring or tracking enhances survival chances. Wellcometrust's Channel. Biblical fever = influenza. You're kidding me, right? : Aetiology. Via Bob O’H and Cath Ennis comes this truly bizarre article from the Virology Journal: “Influenza or not influenza: Analysis of a case of high fever that happened 2000 years ago in Biblical time”.
Now, regular readers will know that I normally love this type of thing; digging back through history to look at Lincoln’s smallpox; Cholera in Victorian London; potential causes of the Plague of Athens, the origin of syphilis, or whether Yersinia pestis really caused the Black Plague. I’ve even written a bit about the history of influenza. The Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution (9780195079517): Stuart A. Kauffman:… Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence.