Darwin-L Message Log 1:35 (September 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<1:35>From I39NIALL%ETSU.BITNET@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU  Mon Sep  6 14:32:27 1993

Date: Mon, 06 Sep 1993 13:47:57 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Hello
To: darwin-L@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: East Tennessee State University

Greetings from the hills of Tennessee.  My name is Niall Shanks.  I am an
assistant prof of philosophy here at East Tennessee State University.  I am
interested in the history and philosophy of science -- particularly Darwin's
theory of evolution (from a historical and methodological standpoint).

I am currently writing a book with my colleague, Hugh LaFollette, on the
topic of the methodology and ethics of animal experimentation, with special
emphasis on evolutionary arguments.  (I'm neither an animal activist nor
a vivisectionist, by the way).

I am interested in the relationship between science and religion, and in
particular the on-going wars between evolutionary scientists and

I do not have a mere theoretical interest in the theory of evolution, I also
use the history of the evolution of evolutionary thinking as a teaching tool
in my courses on introductory philosophy.  It has certainly led to some
animated classroom discussions. (My university is a mere 90 minute drive
from Dayton, Tennessee, home of the Scopes trial).

I have a side interest in chaos theory and its connections to, and implications
for the biological theory of evolution.
Niall Shanks

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