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Biological Interest Group

Meeting time: Friday mornings throughout the semester at 10:15–11:30 am.
Meeting place: Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science library,
737 Heller Hall.

The biological interest group (BIG) reads and discusses works of mutual interest in the history and philosophy of biology. We select readings for a variety of reasons: to keep up on the most exciting developments in the field, to help participants scrutinize literature relevant to their research projects (faculty or graduate student research), to provide feedback on works in progress being written by BIG participants (graduate students, faculty, and Center visitors), to revisit classic articles in the literature, and sometimes just to have fun discussing a topic related to biology.

Our meetings are informal and some participants need to arrive late or leave early because of scheduling conflicts. All faculty from the University of Minnesota and area colleges and universities and graduate students are welcome to attend whenever they would like (without invitation) and without giving advanced notice. Undergraduates are included by invitation. (If you know of an undergraduate who is well-suited and possibly interested, please contact Alan Love so an invitation can be extended.)

Fall 2015

September 11: Deans, C. and K.A. Maggert. 2015. What do you mean, “epigenetic”? Genetics 199: 887–896. (pdf)

September 18: Sarkar, S. 2015. The genomic challenge to adaptationism. British Journal for Philosophy of Science 66: 505–536. (pdf)

September 25: Ritchie, M.D. et al. 2015. Methods of integrating data to uncover genotype–phenotype interactions. Nature Reviews Genetics 16: 85-97. (pdf)

October 2: Open Science Collaboration. 2015. Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Science 349: aac4716 (doi:10.1126/science.aac4716) (pdf);
Parker, T.H. and S. Nakagawa. 2014. Mitigating the epidemic of type I error: ecology and evolution can learn from other disciplines. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 2: 1-3 (doi: 10.3389/fevo.2014.00076) (pdf).

October 9: Laland, K.N. et al. 2015. The extended evolutionary synthesis: its structure, assumptions and predictions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Biological Sciences 282: 20151019 (pdf).

October 16:

October 23: Birch, J. and S. Okasha. 2015. Kin selection and its critics. Bioscience 65: 22–32 (pdf).

October 30:

November 6:

November 13:

November 20: James Justus (Florida State University) will be visiting.

November 27: No meeting Thanksgiving

December 4:

December 11:

Previous BIG discussion topics

For more information: contact Janet McKernan or Alan Love

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