Where does the order come from? Stu Kauffman’s Investigations

I’ve always found Stuart Kauffman fascinating, although his thinking can be hard to grasp (for me). Here’s one old attempt to get hold of it. He hasn’t published at book length since, but he’s still thinking about these things, as in this recent piece. Re-reading, I am reminded of a more recent thinker about origins […]

Darwinism Today – (not) a theory of everything

I do think Darwinism is biology’s theory of everything. And natural selection is often a useful way of looking at other phenomena. But not always. The folks associated with the LSE’s Darwin Seminar in the 1990s rather thought it was. Here are four books where they tested the limits of that notion, with mixed results. […]

Darwin’s agony: Randal Keynes – Annie’s Box

A popular science biography which gives a superb entree to Darwin and his world and is easier to digest than, say Janet Browne’s (equally superb, but doorstopping) biography. I’ve met Randal Keynes – splendid chap – quite a few times since writing this, and got involved with the Charles Darwin Trust for a while. All of […]

Ullica Segerstrale – Defenders of the Truth.

I recently reviewed this author’s biography of the evolutionist Bill Hamilton for the Guardian. That reminded me of this earlier piece, which considers her previous work on the sociobiology debate – the context for much of Hamilton’s work – although here she was much more concerned with E.O Wilson. Nearly 150 years after The Origin of […]