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BBC News - The bug-hunters discovering new species in their spare time
"In fact, six out of every 10 of the new species in Europe are discovered by amateurs, often self-taught experts in particular insect and invertebrate families."
citizen-science  science  biology  biological-sciences  species  discovery  amateur 
february 2013 by tsuomela
The Anthropic Stupidity Hypothesis - Charlie's Diary
"Why is the human species only as intelligent as it is, and not more so?"
intelligence  species  speculation  social  behavior  learning 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Harvard Holism - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"The split between evolutionists who think that selection is for and only for the individual, and those who think that the group often comes first and foremost, goes back to the two men who discovered natural selection—Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Darwin always thought in terms of individuals, even when it comes to humans (I have discovered a letter making this point very clear), and Wallace always thought that often selection favors the group."
history  evolution  kin-selection  objects  groups  species  holism  reductionism  school(Harvard)  intellectual 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Species : John S. Wilkins - University of California Press
"The complex idea of “species” has evolved over time, yet its meaning is far from resolved. This comprehensive work takes a fresh look at an idea central to the field of biology by tracing its history from antiquity to today. John S. Wilkins explores the essentialist view, a staple of logic from Plato and Aristotle through the Middle Ages to fairly recent times, and considers the idea of species in natural history—a concept often connected to reproduction. Tracing “generative conceptions” of species back through Darwin to Epicurus, Wilkins provides a new perspective on the relationship between philosophical and biological approaches to this concept. He also reviews the array of current definitions. Species is a benchmark exploration and clarification of a concept fundamental to the past, present, and future of the natural sciences."
book  publisher  evolution  biology  species  concepts  history  philosophy 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Nonindigenous Aquatic Species
Welcome to the Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) information resource for the United States Geological Survey. Located at Gainesville, Florida, this site has been established as a central repository for spatially referenced biogeographic accounts of introduced aquatic species. The program provides scientific reports, online/realtime queries, spatial data sets, regional contact lists, and general information. The data is made available for use by biologists, interagency groups, and the general public. The geographical coverage is the United States.
database  data  science  biology  species  research  water  aquatic  invasives  collaboration  project(Utenn) 
may 2010 by tsuomela
The Scope of Human Thought | Forum
It is a spectacular scientific puzzle that human beings are the sole species that seems to be able to think and feel beyond the limits of the scale for their species.
human-nature  human-scale  human  mental  mind  cognition  scale  network  thinking  species  animals 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Technium: Many Species, One Mind
Do we remain one species, or diverge into many?
Do we remain of many minds, or merge into one?
technology  evolution  future  mind  species  technology-effects 
february 2009 by tsuomela

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