Darwin-L Message Log 38: 21–49 — October 1996
Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences
Darwin-L was an international discussion group on the history and theory of the historical sciences, active from 1993–1997. Darwin-L was established to promote the reintegration of a range of fields all of which are concerned with reconstructing the past from evidence in the present, and to encourage communication among scholars, scientists, and researchers in these fields. The group had more than 600 members from 35 countries, and produced a consistently high level of discussion over its several years of operation. Darwin-L was not restricted to evolutionary biology nor to the work of Charles Darwin, but instead addressed the entire range of historical sciences from an explicitly comparative perspective, including evolutionary biology, historical linguistics, textual transmission and stemmatics, historical geology, systematics and phylogeny, archeology, paleontology, cosmology, historical geography, historical anthropology, and related “palaetiological” fields.
This log contains public messages posted to the Darwin-L discussion group during October 1996. It has been lightly edited for format: message numbers have been added for ease of reference, message headers have been trimmed, some irregular lines have been reformatted, and error messages and personal messages accidentally posted to the group as a whole have been deleted. No genuine editorial changes have been made to the content of any of the posts. This log is provided for personal reference and research purposes only, and none of the material contained herein should be published or quoted without the permission of the original poster.
The master copy of this log is maintained in the Darwin-L Archives (rjohara.net/darwin) by Dr. Robert J. O’Hara. The Darwin-L Archives also contain additional information about the Darwin-L discussion group, the complete Today in the Historical Sciences calendar for every month of the year, a collection of recommended readings on the historical sciences, and an account of William Whewell’s concept of “palaetiology.”
---------------------------------------------- DARWIN-L MESSAGE LOG 38: 21-49 -- OCTOBER 1996 ---------------------------------------------- DARWIN-L A Network Discussion Group on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences Darwin-L@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu is an international network discussion group on the history and theory of the historical sciences. Darwin-L was established in September 1993 to promote the reintegration of a range of fields all of which are concerned with reconstructing the past from evidence in the present, and to encourage communication among academic professionals in these fields. Darwin-L is not restricted to evolutionary biology nor to the work of Charles Darwin but instead addresses the entire range of historical sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective, including evolutionary biology, historical linguistics, textual transmission and stemmatics, historical geology, systematics and phylogeny, archeology, paleontology, cosmology, historical anthropology, historical geography, and related "palaetiological" fields. This log contains public messages posted to Darwin-L during October 1996. It has been lightly edited for format: message numbers have been added for ease of reference, message headers have been trimmed, some irregular lines have been reformatted, and some administrative messages and personal messages posted to the group as a whole have been deleted. No genuine editorial changes have been made to the content of any of the posts. This log is provided for personal reference and research purposes only, and none of the material contained herein should be published or quoted without the permission of the original poster. The master copy of this log is maintained in the archives of Darwin-L by email@example.com, and is also available on the Darwin-L Web Server at http://rjohara.uncg.edu. For instructions on how to retrieve copies of this and other log files, and for additional information about Darwin-L, send the e-mail message INFO DARWIN-L to firstname.lastname@example.org, or connect to the Darwin-L Web Server. Darwin-L is administered by Robert J. O'Hara (email@example.com), Center for Critical Inquiry in the Liberal Arts and Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina 27412 U.S.A., and it is supported by the Center for Critical Inquiry, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the Department of History and the Academic Computing Center, University of Kansas. _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:21>From firstname.lastname@example.org Sat Oct 5 01:55:13 1996 Date: Sat, 5 Oct 1996 00:58:47 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (T. Harms) Subject: Re: 'Evolution' diffusing into the arts (Wierd Rock) >Gregory, > >I seem to remember that the Devo song was entitled "Are We Not Men" from >an LP of the same title. > >Cheers > >________________________________ >Neil Haave, Ph.D. The song is named Jocko Homo and the first Devo LP, on which it appears, is titled "Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are DEVO!" Tracy Bruce Harms Boulder, Colorado _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:22>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu Mon Oct 7 18:35:42 1996 Date: Mon, 07 Oct 1996 19:34:57 -0500 (EST) From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu Subject: Darwin's collected papers To: email@example.com Organization: University of NC at Greensboro Paul Sammut asks (from Malta): >I am looking for photocopies of the minor writings of Darwin, like articles >which appeared in the Amateur gardener, Journal of Geology etc. Any idea >From where I can attempt to get these? Paul Barrett edited a volume of Darwin's collected papers which is still in print and would probably have what you are looking for: AUTHOR: Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882. TITLE: The collected papers of Charles Darwin / edited by Paul H. Barrett ; with a foreword by Theodosius Dobzhansky. PUBLISHED: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1977. PAGING: 2 v. : ill. ; 25 cm. NOTES: Includes index. Bibliography: v. 2, p. 295-302. ISBN: 0226136574 : Bob O'Hara, Darwin-L list owner Robert J. O'Hara (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Cornelia Strong College, 100 Foust Building | http://rjohara.uncg.edu University of North Carolina at Greensboro | http://strong.uncg.edu Greensboro, North Carolina 27412 U.S.A. | _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:23>From email@example.com Tue Oct 8 09:29:39 1996 Date: Tue, 8 Oct 1996 09:29:31 -0500 (CDT) From: Gregory Mayer <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Drawin's minor publications To: email@example.com Paul Sammut asks where he can obtain Darwin's shorter publications. Most (all?) of them have been reprinted in _The collected Papers of Charles Darwin_, edited by Paul H. Barrett, University of Chicago Press, 1977. Originally issued in two volumes, the paperback edition is in one. It is not, unfortunately, in a recently received Chicago Press catalogue, and may be out of print. Gregory C. Mayer firstname.lastname@example.org _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:24>From email@example.com Tue Oct 8 10:32:40 1996 Date: 8 Oct 1996 11:33:08 U From: "Jan Ishee" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Interest in 'Origins' Discussion? To: "Darwin-L@raven.cc.ukans.edu" <Darwin-L@raven.cc.ukans.edu> I am compiling a database of academicians around the world who might be able to contribute to an intellectual discussion about the potential benefits, philosophical meaning, and cultural significance of NASA's proposed "Origins Program". I wonder if some of you might be interested. [I truly have no idea!] The Origins Program is geared toward answering scientifically some of humanity's most ancient questions: Where did we come from? Are we alone in the Universe? The research topics covered by the program include efforts to understand the formation and evolution of galaxies, searching for Earth-like planets around other stars, and looking for signs of current or past life on planets in our solar system and on other planets found. In order to address such questions as "meaning" and "cultural significance", I am hoping to locate scholars in a broad variety of academic fields who would be willing and able to discuss issues raised by the Origins Program in the context of their own field(s) of expertise. In the broadest of terms, some of the issues raised might include questions such as What is the cultural significance of the astonomical frontier? Why explore a wilderness that is, practically speaking, "unreachable"? How will the results of this program of exploration impact other, non-science fields of learning? Is the process by which the research is conducted important? What should be the questions prompting the research, from the viewpoint of the humanist, the theologian, etc.? How can the benefits of this research be optimized for the non-scientists? Etc. Please note that I am merely compiling a database of names of those who can and might wish to explore these or like-minded issues. Actual discussion or debates will be arranged--and funded by(!)--those significantly higher in rank than me.... If you would like to be included in this database, or can recommend someone else who should be, I will greatly appreciate your e-mailing me at: email@example.com. Please include complete contact information and your field of expertise. Thanks for any help you can give. Sincerely, Jan Ishee _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:25>From firstname.lastname@example.org Tue Oct 8 11:15:22 1996 Date: Tue, 8 Oct 1996 11:15:47 -0600 (CST) From: Ignacio Diaz de la Serna <email@example.com> To: DARWIN-L <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: about including Georges Bataille in calendar section I propose to be included Georges Bataille's name in calendar section, for his entire work is a good example of how interdisciplinarity may lead to new perspectives in apparently worn-off fields. I have in mind, above all, "La Part Maudite". Born in 1897, he died in 1962. Ignacio _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:26>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu Tue Oct 8 13:17:10 1996 Date: Tue, 08 Oct 1996 14:16:56 -0500 (EST) From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu Subject: NASA project To: email@example.com Organization: University of NC at Greensboro Jan Ishee writes, in describing topics for NASA's "Origins" project: >In the braodest of terms, some of the issues that might be raised include >questions such as What is the cultural significance of the astronomical >frontier? Why explore a wilderness that is, practically speaking, >"unreachable"? This is quite an interesting topic for Darwin-L, I think, because much of what could be said about deep space is also true of "deep time" (John McPhee's phrase I believe). The astronomical frontier is also an historical frontier because of the amount of time light takes to reach us, and the historical past is unreachable just as deep space is unreachable. Whewell recognized that astronomy was a part of palaetiology just as much as geology or philology (http://rjohara.uncg.edu/palaetiology): As we may look back towards the first condition of our planet, we may in like manner turn our thoughts towards the first condition of the solar system, and try whether we can discern any traces of an order of things antecedent to that which is now established; and if we find, as some great mathematicians have conceived, indications of an earlier state in which the planets were not yet gathered into their present forms, we have, in pursuit of this train of research, a palaetiological portion of Astronomy. What Playfair said at Siccar Point could be said as well by the first astronomers viewing on their screens from the Hubble telescope the formation of ancient galaxies: "The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into the abyss of time." Bob O'Hara, Darwin-L list owner Robert J. O'Hara (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Cornelia Strong College, 100 Foust Building | http://rjohara.uncg.edu University of North Carolina at Greensboro | http://strong.uncg.edu Greensboro, North Carolina 27412 U.S.A. | _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:27>From Agoldenk@aol.com Tue Oct 8 19:16:11 1996 Date: Tue, 8 Oct 1996 20:16:09 -0400 From: Agoldenk@aol.com To: email@example.com Subject: Re: NASA project Deep space-time is as accessible as the speed of light, that is, reasonably so for near space using radioastronomy. COBE and other discoveries have shown real understanding coming from deep spacetime; at some point the search goes from astonomy to particle physics, and the search becomes terrestrial. Andrew Goldenkranz _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:28>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu Thu Oct 10 00:33:26 1996 Date: Thu, 10 Oct 1996 01:33:20 -0500 (EST) From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu Subject: October 10 -- Today in the Historical Sciences To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: University of NC at Greensboro OCTOBER 10 -- TODAY IN THE HISTORICAL SCIENCES 1802: HUGH MILLER, author and geologist, is born at Cromarty, Scotland. Miller will be apprenticed to a stonemason as a young man and will make several important geological discoveries, including finding in the Old Red Sandstone the earliest known fossil vertebrates. His greatest distinction, however, will come as a popularizer of the geological research of his day: in vivid and powerful prose, Miller will make known to a wide audience the lost worlds of the past and the depth of geological time. In one of his best-known works Miller will describe a scenic view of the Bay of Cromarty, and then ask his readers to "survey the landscape a second time; -- not merely in its pictorial aspect, not as connected with the commoner associations which link it to its present inhabitants, but as _antiquaries of the world_, -- as students of those wonderful monuments of nature, on which she has traced her heiro-glyphical inscriptions of plants and animals that impart to us the history, not of a former age, but of a former creation. Geology is the most poetical of all sciences; and its various facts, as they present themsleves to the human mind, possess a more overpowering immensity than even those of Astronomy itself. For while the Astronomer can carry about with him in his imagination, a little portable Orrery of the whole solar system, the Geologist is oppressed by a weight of rocks and mountains, and of strata piled over strata which all his diligence in forming theories, has not yet enabled him completely to arrange. He is no mere intellectual mechanician, who calculates and reasons on the movements of a piece of natural clockwork; the objects with which he is chiefly conversant, have no ascertained forms, or known proportions, that he may conceive of them as abstract figures, or substitute a set of models in their places; his province, in at least all its outer skirts, is still a _terra incognita_, which he cannot conceive of as a whole; and the walks which intersect it are so involved and irregular that, like those of an artificial wilderness, they seem to double its extent. The operations of his latest eras, as his science exists in time, terminate long before history begins; while, as it exists in space, he has to grapple with the immense globe itself, with all its oceans, and all its continents. Goethe finely remarks, that the ideas and feelings of the schoolboy who tells his fellows that the world is round, are widely different in depth and sublimity from those experienced by the wanderer of Ithaca, when he spoke of the unlimited earth, and the unmeasurable and infinite sea." Today in the Historical Sciences is a feature of Darwin-L, an international network discussion group on the history and theory of the historical sciences. Send the message INFO DARWIN-L to email@example.com or connect to the Darwin-L Web Server (http://rjohara.uncg.edu) for more information. _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:29>From firstname.lastname@example.org Thu Oct 10 11:59:29 1996 Date: Thu, 10 Oct 1996 09:59:18 -0700 (PDT) To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Melinda Hayes) Subject: New web exhibit at USC PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND DIRECTLY TO THIS MESSAGE. The Hancock Library of Biology & Oceanography at the University of Southern California now has a web presence. You can see an exhibit representing items from our Natural History Collection (which includes works of Darwin, Haeckel and others in the field) via the following address: http://www-lib.usc.edu/Info/Han/ Melinda Hayes Natural History Collections Librarian Hancock Library of Biology & Oceanography University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 90089-0372 213-740-5141 In Special Collections: 213-740-5946 email: email@example.com ********************************************************** "Do not fear, and do not rejoice as yet; for what we wish for at the moment may be our undoings." Bram Stoker ********************************************************** _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:30>From GRANSOM@ucrac1.ucr.edu Thu Oct 10 21:59:23 1996 Date: Thu, 10 Oct 1996 19:58:39 -0700 (PDT) From: GREG RANSOM <GRANSOM@ucrac1.ucr.edu> To: DARWIN-L@RAVEN.CC.UKANS.EDU Subject: _Economics and the Historians_, ed. by Thomas Rawski There is a new collection of essays by eight economists who specialize in the economic study of historical problems, recently published by the U. of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles. The book is Thomas G. Rawski, ed., _Economics and the Historian_, 1996. The book purports to explain "how to apply the core ideas and methods of economics to a wide range of historical issues." A brief review of the book by the historian Michael Dintenfass can be accessed over the internet at: http://cs.muohio.edu/Archives/eh.teach/sep-96/0029.html The book in part is a non-technical introduction to the explanatory strategies of the 'new' economic history and the 'new' institutional economics, which have developed in the economics department over the last 30 years or so, and which may be of interest to some on this list. Greg Ransom Dept. of Philosophy UC-Riverside firstname.lastname@example.org http://members.gnn.com/logosapien/ransom.htm _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:31>From email@example.com Mon Oct 14 19:29:10 1996 Date: 14 Oct 96 13:54:00 +0200 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Friedrich Steinle) Sender: RAINER.BROEMER@LINK-GOE.de (Rainer Broemer) Subject: Kolloquium Goettingen To: email@example.com Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen Institut fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte 37073 Goettingen Tel. 0551-39 9467 Humboldtallee 11 Fax 0551-39-9748 Kolloquium des Instituts fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte im Wintersemester 1996/97 Zeit: dienstags, 18.15- 19.45 h Ort: Humboldtallee 11, 3.Stock (Seminarraum) Di., 22.10.1996 18.15 Uhr Prof. Dr. Nicolaas A. Rupke (Goettingen) Alexander von Humboldts Weg zum Weltruhm: Skizze eines Goettinger Forschungsprojektes Di., 05.11.1996 18.15Uhr Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel (Regensburg) DasForschungslaboratorium und die Organisation des chemischen Hochschulunterrichts im 19. Jahrhundert Di., 19.11.1996 18.15 Uhr Prof. Dr. Hans-Joerg Rheinberger (Salzburg) Experimentelle Komplexitaet (vorlaeufiger Titel) Di., 03.12.1996 18.15 Uhr Prof. Dr. Martin Guntau (Rostock) Deutsch-lateinamerikanische Beziehungen auf dem Gebiet der Montanwissenschaften: Historische Leistungen, Wirkungen und Probleme Di., 10.12.1996 18.15 Uhr Dr. Ilia Chatzipanagioti (Wien) Als das Fragen noch geholfen hat: Zur Entwicklung des Wissenschaftlichen Reisens. Di., 14.01.1997 18.15 Uhr Dr. Uwe Hossfeld (Tuebingen/Jena) "...Vom Wasserfloh zum Affenmenschen..." - Gerhard Heberer und der Neubeginn der Anthropologie in Goettingen nach 1945 Di., 28.01.1997 18.15 Uhr Prof. Dr. Olaf Breidbach (Jena) Neurowissenschaften um 1900 Di., 11.02.1997 18.15 Uhr Dr. Martina Lorenz (Regensburg) Neue Physik im alten Gewand: Laienphysica in Deutschland im 18. Jahrhundert Zu den Kolloquiumsvortraegen ergeht herzliche Einladung! Prof. Dr. Nicolaas A. Rupke Dr. William Clark _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:32>From firstname.lastname@example.org Wed Oct 16 03:01:25 1996 Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 22:00:55 -1000 From: Ron Amundson <email@example.com> To: Darwin-L List <Darwin-L@raven.cc.ukans.edu> Subject: Embryological Haiku Having been dwelling perhaps too much recently on von Baerian versions of embryological "teleomechanism" (Lenoir's term), I was struck the following passage from an LA Times piece on "senryu", a short poetic form similar to haiku: -------- Tokizane, who edits senryu columns for two popular magazines, recently called for readers to submit verses to the Asahi Graph magazine on the topic of, well, eggplant. The resulting two-page spread, published with a soft-focus photograph of a luxuriant eggplant, was anything but orthodox: Seedling eggplant Intending to grow purple. -- Tokizane -------- Ron Amundson University of Hawaii at Hilo Hilo, HI 96720 firstname.lastname@example.org _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:33>From wilkins@wehi.EDU.AU Tue Oct 15 23:31:28 1996 Date: Wed, 16 Oct 1996 14:32:41 +1000 From: John Wilkins <wilkins@wehi.EDU.AU> Subject: Darwin's influences and precursors To: Darwin-L <Darwin-L@raven.cc.ukans.edu> I am seeking critical comment and assistance with an essay I have written for Web access on "Darwin's influences and precursors" to be found on <http://www.wehi.edu.au/~wilkins/Precursors/index.html>. Please note that it is not intended to be a really scholarly piece, as I wrote it as an introduction to the topic and it arises from repeated misconstruals and false charges made on the talk.origins newsgroup about Darwin's "plagiarism" and lack of originality. However, although it is written at about undergraduate level, I *would* like it to be accurate and as complete as possible. When I have time, I will add a small biography of the _dramatis personae_ and if possible a small scan of each one I can find. All (constructive) comments welcomed. John Wilkins Head of Communication Services Walter and Eliza Hall Institute <http://www.wehi.edu.au/~wilkins/www.html> <mailto:email@example.com> _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:34>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu Thu Oct 17 13:47:58 1996 Date: Thu, 17 Oct 1996 14:44:20 -0500 (EST) From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu Subject: Endangered paleontological sites (fwd from CLASS-L) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: University of NC at Greensboro --begin forwarded message-------------- Date: Wed, 16 Oct 1996 15:20:53 -0500 From: "H. Richard Lane" <hrlane@AMOCO.COM> Subject: Endangered Fossil Sites List International Palaeontological Association List of Endangered Fossil Sites Fossil sites of great importance are endangered around the world for numerous reasons. Some are being exploited by collectors/merchants, others are being used as waste dumps and still others are being obliterated by the encroachment of man and his activities. Little can be done to mitigate the problem if the endangered fossil sites are not made known to the public at large. Knowledge is power and until we as paleontologists have a full listing of those endangered sites, we can take very little coordinated action to ameliorate the problem. The International Palaeontological Association (IUGS) wishes to assemble a catalogue of worldwide endangered fossil sites, including specific information about their location, conditions, problems, their potential/actual loss to science and mankind and other pertinent information. The IPA is asking those concerned to fill out the following form and return it as per instructions. For the IPA, H. Richard Lane D. L. Bruton Amoco Corporation Secretary General, IPA P. O. Box 3092, Rm. 786W3 Geoscience Department Houston, Texas 77253 University of Oslo FAX 713-366-7416 or 713-432-0139 Oslo, Norway Ph. 713-366-4156 email@example.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org International Palaeontological Association Please answer the questions below and e-mail to email@example.com, or fax to "Attention Verda Kenworthy" 713-3667416, or mail to Verda M. Kenworthy Amoco Corporation, P. O. Box 3092, Room 784W3, Houston TX 77253 USA. Name of endangered site: Location of endangered site (Country, Province, specific location, etc.): Nature of the site (age, fossils, paleoenvironment, etc.): Value of the site to science and mankind: Current problems faced by the site: Current actions being taken to save the site: Legal/publicity actions that need to be taken: Urgency of the situation: Pictures, other documentation appended? Yes______, No________ Name, address, phone/fax, and e-mail adress of reporter: --end forwarded message---------------- _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:35>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu Thu Oct 17 13:48:37 1996 Date: Thu, 17 Oct 1996 14:48:07 -0500 (EST) From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu Subject: Query on Lakatos and socio-historical sciences (fwd) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: University of NC at Greensboro --begin forwarded message-------------- Date: Fri, 11 Oct 1996 08:59:02 -0600 (NSK) From: "Nikolai S. Rozov" <ROZOV@cnit.nsu.ru> Subject: I.Lakatos & social-historical sciences Organization: Center of New Informational Tech. Reply to: email@example.com I need any information concerning cases of application of Imre Lakatos's Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes in social sciences and theoretical history. I mean not (only) using it in description of past history of these sciences, but mainly cases (if they exist at all!) of designing research programmes in sociology, political sciences, economics, anthropology, historical sciences,etc., according to Lakatos's scheme as a normative plan. Please forward this request to anybody who might help here. Thanks, Nikolai *********************************************************** Nikolai S. Rozov # Address:Dept. of Philosophy Prof.of Philosophy # Novosibirsk State University firstname.lastname@example.org # 630090, Novosibirsk Fax: (3832) 355237 # Pirogova 2, RUSSIA Moderator of the mailing list PHILOFHI (PHILosophy OF HIstory and theoretical history) http://darwin.clas.virginia.edu/~dew7e/anthronet/subscribe /philofhi.html ************************************************************ --end forwarded message---------------- _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:36>From RAINER.BROEMER@LINK-GOE.de Thu Oct 17 15:44:07 1996 Date: 17 Oct 96 19:44:00 +0200 From: RAINER.BROEMER@LINK-GOE.de (Rainer Broemer) Sender: RAINER.BROEMER@LINK-GOE.de (Rainer Broemer) Subject: MPI Stellenausschreibung To: email@example.com Max-Planck-Institut fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte Das Max-Planck-Institut fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte sucht zum Fruehjahr 1997 fuer seine im Aufbau befindliche dritte Forschungsabteilung wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter/innen mit Promotion befristet fuer zwei Jahre fuer die folgenden Arbeitsgebiete: * Geschichte von Experimentalpraktiken und Experimentalkulturen, * vergleichende Kulturgeschichte epistemischer Objekte, Gesten und Raeume, * historische Pragmatik der Theorie- und Begriffsbildung in den biologischen Wissenschaften, * Geschichte der biologisch-medizinischen Wissenschaften des 20. Jahrhunderts (insbesondere der Molekularbiologie). In den genannten Gebieten werden auch Postdoc-Stipendien fuer einen zweijaehrigen Forschungsaufenthalt am Institut vergeben. Die Bewerbung von Frauen ist ausdruecklich erwuenscht. Voraussetzungen: Promotion in einem einschlaegigen Fachgebiet und Forschungserfahrung in der Wissenschaftsgeschichte. Die Verguetung erfolgt analog zur Verguetungsgruppe BAT II a-O unter Einschluss der sozialen Leistungen des oeffentlichen Dienstes. Die Hoehe der Stipendien richtet sich nach den Bestimmungen der Max-Planck- Gesellschaft und liegt zwischen DM 2260 und DM 2960 im Monat. Schwerbehinderte werden bei gleicher Eignung bevorzugt beruecksichtigt. Bewerbungen mit Lebenslauf, Publikationsliste, einer Zusammenfassung Ihres Forschungsprojekts (maximal 1500 Worte), zwei Empfehlungsschreiben (ggf. mit separater Post) und einem Probetext (z.B. Dissertationskapitel oder Zeitschriftenartikel) sind bis zum *15. Dezember 1996* zu richten an das Max-Planck-Institut fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Abt. III, Wilhelmsstrasse 44, 10117 Berlin. ## CrossPoint v3.02 R ## _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:37>From KOLB@ucla.edu Thu Oct 17 23:15:37 1996 Date: Thu, 17 Oct 1996 21:11:56 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Jack Kolb <KOLB@ucla.edu> Subject: Evolution guarantees that Darwin's notes can survive Thanks to Elisa Vandernoot <email@example.com> for passing this along from The (London) Times: Evolution guarantees that Darwin's notes can survive Going back more than 150 years, the handwritten notes of some of the world's most famous biologists are being transformed from dusty old ledgers into shiny compact discs under a pioneering scentific project by the Natural History Museum in London. Around 40,000 pages from 252 registers or ledgers are being scanned by a special camera to form a new electronic archive which can be consulted by the experts. Dating back to 1834, the ledgers carry handwritten notes on some 18 million zoological specimens donated to the museum by such scientists as Charles Darwin, the father of the theory of evolution. Covering specimens from protozoa such as amoebas to blue whales, they have also in many cases been heavily annotated as new research has led to a reclassification of a specimen or shed new light on its evolution or physiology. Charles Hussey, who is orchestrating the project, says the scheme is breaking new ground in museum work. Some of the writing is little more than "tiny scribbled notes" or spidery writing. The ink of some of the entries is also fading. Meanwhile, much of the writing flows into the spine of the ledgers, making it difficult for a traditional scanning method to work. "You could not read them through an optical character recognition system," says Hussey. Instead, the museum has turned to a database provided by a company called Borland and a digital camera, originally developed by the University of Munich and made by a firm called Kontran and supplied by Imaging Associates of Thame, Oxfordshire. The camera, with the page illuminated by special conservation lighting so as not to harm the text, can capture up to 300 images a day from the ledgers. These are then compressed and stored, then checked by one of 34 curators at the museum for accuracy, before being "written to compact disc". Hussey, systems manager for the zoology department, says that about 10 per cent of the notes are rejected. The team then enhance areas of faded writing or add new text to the image to explain a missing word or phrase. The project, which will produce 34 CDs, has taken around a year and is expected to be finished by December. It will replace the current microfilm archive. Hussey says the electronic archive will certainly be easier to update and should help to protect the oldest ledgers from damage by offering a real alternative to the fragile, paper-based registers. The museum believe they can keep the new equipment more than busy over the coming years. Hussey says they may next try and tackle botany: "We may take on the six million herbarium sheets next." Jack Kolb Dept. of English, UCLA firstname.lastname@example.org _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:38>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu Mon Oct 21 20:28:49 1996 Date: Mon, 21 Oct 1996 21:28:23 -0500 (EST) From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu Subject: CFP: Museums and the Web (fwd from HUMANIST) To: email@example.com Organization: University of NC at Greensboro --begin forwarded message-------------- CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT MUSEUMS AND THE WEB MARCH 16-19, 1997 OMNI LOS ANGELES HOTEL & CENTRE LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Organized by Archives & Museum Informatics (This message has two parts: Expression of Interest and Call for Papers) ------------------------------------------------------ EXPRESSION OF INTEREST It has only been a short three years since the appearance of the first museum web sites. Today there are hundreds of museums with a presence on the World Wide Web. The nature and purpose of these sites varies greatly and we believe that museums have much to learn from each other and from developers who have been using the Web for other applications. To provide an opportunity for learning, Archives & Museum Informatics will host the FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE DEVOTED EXCLUSIVELY TO MUSEUMS AND THE WEB, to be held March 16-19, 1997 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel & Centre, Los Angeles, California. If you would like to be kept informed of the program as it develops, or learn more about opportunities to exhibit or speak, please complete the form below and fax or email it to us. Name: Street Address: City/Postal Code/Country: Phone: Fax: E-mail: URL: Send me more information. I am interested in: Attending / / Exhibiting / / Sponsoring / / * Proposals will be selected based on their quality and attention to topics of interest to you. Tell us what you most want to know about Museums and the Web: * We will offer half and one day workshops before the conference. Tell us about topics of special interest to you and/or instructors from whom you have taken exceptionally valuable workshops in this area: * We will host continental breakfasts for groups with common interests to get together and share ideas. Tell us the types of Special Interest Groups you would be interested participating in: ------------------------------------------------------ CALL FOR PAPERS PROPOSALS ARE BEING ACCEPTED UNTIL NOVEMBER 30, 1996 TO: - Present a paper; - Organize a session (2-4 speakers); or - Teach a workshop (1/2 or full day). PROPOSALS SHOULD INCLUDE: - The title of the proposed event and an abstract which clearly states the specific contribution it will make; - Full identification of the presenter(s), including title, postal address, phone, fax, email, and URL. Proposals will be reviewed by the conference advisory committee and participants will be notified of acceptance by December 15, 1996. Accepted papers will be published (on the WWW and/or in print) and abstracts will be made available through the conference Web site in January 1997. TOPICS MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE DEFINITELY NOT LIMITED TO: I. Applications of Web Technology - Educational Programming: K-12 Outreach on the Web. - The Museum Digital Community: Electronic Volunteers, Virtual Members, Remote Audiences. - Professional Resources on the Web: Web Peers, Virtual Support Networks, Professional Organizations, etc. - Museum Public Relations via an Institutional Web Site. - Museum Exhibitions on the Web. - Higher Education and Museums on the Web. - Income Producing Activity and the Web. - Imagebases, Multimedia, and Publishing. - The Concept of the "Museum" in the Digital Age II. Organizing for the Networked Society - Staffing, Training, and Professional Development. - Budgeting, Managing, and Maintaining a Web Presence. - Museum Intranets - Leveraging the Technology for In-house Benefits. - Consortia, National, and International Projects. - New Technologies & Opportunities for the Near Future. - Standards, Architectures, and Long-term Strategies. - Design Issues: User Interfaces, Navigational Aids, and Site Structure. - Copyright and Licensing: Protecting and Providing Museum Property. - Access & Accessibility: Resource Discovery, Metadata, and Domain Naming. SEND PROPOSALS BY NOVEMBER 30, 1996 TO: David Bearman, Conference Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org or fax them to Archives & Museum Informatics at 412-683-7366 --end forwarded message---------------- _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:39>From email@example.com Mon Oct 21 07:11:07 1996 Date: Mon, 21 Oct 1996 12:15:08 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Steindor J. Erlingsson) Subject: Yellow Fat Refernce Dear All Can anyone help me locate article(s) by William E. Castle on yellow fat mutation in rabbits( it/they are most likely written around 1930). This mutation is recessive and in homozygote condition makes the fat in rabbits yellow. Steindor firstname.lastname@example.org ----------------------------------- Steindor J. Erlingsson MS student Science Institude University of Iceland email@example.com ----------------------------------- _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:40>From firstname.lastname@example.org Mon Oct 21 11:30:39 1996 Date: Mon, 21 Oct 1996 12:30:32 -0400 To: Darwin-L@raven.cc.ukans.edu From: email@example.com (David Herring) Subject: Earthworms After recently reading an excerpt from Darwin's /The Formation of Vegetable Mould, through the Action of Worms, with Observations on Their Habits/ I was fascinated by how much these small terrestial creatures are capable of, and further research into the subject prompted me to start a worm bed. I have only had it short time now, but find that with patience the worms are incredible to watch as the devour much of my kitchen wastes and turn it into fresh fertile soil. I was wondering if anyone else might also have a worm bed and would be able to describe some of what they have noticed. For example what type of foods the like best, or how much moisture they prefer in the soil. I have read some information that I found on the world wide web, but I would still be interested in any personal observations people have made. David J. Herring firstname.lastname@example.org _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:41>From RMBURIAN@VTVM1.CC.VT.EDU Tue Oct 22 20:53:11 1996 Date: Tue, 22 Oct 96 21:47:02 EDT From: "Richard M. Burian" <RMBURIAN@VTVM1.CC.VT.EDU> Subject: Yellow fat in rabbits? To: email@example.com This is a reply to Steindor Erlingsson's inquiry about Casstle on the mutation in rabbits which, when homozygous, results in yellow fat. I cannot supply specific references, but Castle published a monograph in 1930 at Harvard University Press entitled "The Genetics of Domestic Rabbits." And every year from something like 1907 to 1940 he published a reoport in the Yearbook of the Carnegie Institution on his Investiga- tions in mammalian genetics. From at least 1909 forward there are frequent accounts of his work with rabbits. It should be possible (if you can get to a long run of this yearbook) to track down the exact references you seek. Richard Burian Virginia Tech firstname.lastname@example.org _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:42>From email@example.com Thu Oct 24 12:14:42 1996 Date: Thu, 24 Oct 1996 18:18:33 PDT From: Nancy Giles <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Down House message To: email@example.com Dear Darwin list, I received your address from Oliver Curry at the London School of Economics evolutionist newsletter (Darwin Seminars). May I put a message on your mailing list about the current restoration of Darwin's Down House which is progressing? Can you tell me a little about you and your Darwin list? I am new to the e-mail world but I need to spread word about Down House as widely as possible internationally to all those who have an affinity to Charles Darwin. I need to do this fast as my work for Down House is about to end. We have a www page (soon to be updated. It is on http://www.nhm.ac.uk/museum/Downhse/appeal. I have just sent a message to you to try to subscribe. Thanks, Nancy Giles The Down House Appeal The Natural History Museum Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD England Tel (44 171) 938 8786 Fax (44 171) 938 9002 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:43>From email@example.com Thu Oct 24 21:26:13 1996 Date: Thu, 24 Oct 1996 21:25:59 -0500 (CDT) From: J M Fritzman <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Mid-South CFP To: email@example.com, CRITMASS@ac.dal.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com CALL FOR PAPERS MID-SOUTH PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE University of Memphis February 28 - March 1, 1997 The 21st annual Mid-South Philosophy Conference is scheduled for Friday afternoon and Saturday, February 28 - March 1, at the University of Memphis. Papers on any topic of philosophic interest are welcome. Papers are limited to 12 double-spaced pages. Send THREE printed copies as well as a copy in WordPerfect or ASCII format on a computer diskette. All copies must include a 100-word abstract, the paper's title, author's name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address. Papers which do not meet these guidelines will not be considered. Send submissions to: Professor James B. Sauer Department of Philosophy Saint Mary's University One Camino Santa Maria San Antonio TX 78228-8566 Papers must be submitted by JANUARY 4. Papers will be reviewed by a committee, and notification of acceptance will be made in late January. Each paper will have a commentator. Those interested in commenting should notify Professor Sauer no later than January 24 of availability and areas of interest. Professor Sauer's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and his telephone number is 210-431-6860. Professor Jean Grondin of the University of Montreal will be the keynote speaker. Funding for the keynote speaker is provided by the University of Memphis Center for the Humanities, directed by Professor Thomas Nenon. Professor Nenon has reserved rooms for Friday (2/28) and Saturday (3/1) at the Holiday Inn Midtown on 1837 Union Avenue, a ten minute drive from campus. The room rate is $59.00 per night. Make reservations directly; the hotel's telephone number is 901-278-4100. The airport shuttle goes to the hotel for ten dollars. Please encourage undergraduate students to attend and submit papers to the University of Memphis UNDERGRADUATE PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE, which will be running parallel sessions. Papers may be on any area of philosophy. Papers are limited to 12 double-spaced pages (preference will be given to well-focused shorter papers). Papers must be submitted by January 24; review of submissions will begin on January 13. Send TWO printed copies with a 100-word abstract to: Undergraduate Philosophy Club, Department of Philosophy, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152. Include a telephone number or email address. The Mid-South Philosophy Conference is supported and underwritten by the Philosophy Department and Center for the Humanities of the University of Memphis, as well as by the Philosophy Department and Institute of Liberal Arts of Oklahoma City University. Visit http://frank.mtsu.edu/~jpurcell/MidSouth/midsouth.html PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO ANYONE WHO WOULD FIND IT OF INTEREST. _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:44>From junger@pdj2-ra.F-REMOTE.CWRU.Edu Sat Oct 26 13:31:54 1996 To: Darwin-L <Darwin-L@raven.cc.ukans.edu> Subject: bionomics Date: Sat, 26 Oct 1996 14:34:23 -0400 From: "Peter D. Junger" <junger@pdj2-ra.F-REMOTE.CWRU.Edu> I have just come across a web page dedicated to the rather unfortunately named subject ``bionomics''. It is the homepage of The Bionomics Institute. The URL is: http://www.bionomics.org/ Bionomics seems to be a peculiar combination of palaetiological common sense and technocapitalistic apologetics. Here is a quotation from the beginning of the What is Bionomics Web Page (URL: http://www.bionomics.org/text/insttute/whatis.html): Bionomics is a fundamentally new way of thinking about the economy. Several questions about the basic tenets of bionomics keep coming up, so I'll try to provide some succinct answers. How does Bionomics differ from conventional economics? To begin with, all traditional schools of economics are based on the concepts of classical physics, while bionomics is based on the principles of evolutionary biology. Isaac Newton described the universe as a perfectly predictable clockwork mechanism. And orthodox economics describes the "economy as a machine." Everyday, we hear about "jump-starting" or "fine-tuning" the "economic engine." We're told that the "economy is losing steam" or that the government needs to repair a failed "market mechanism." Like Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times, deep down we imagine ourselves as cogs in a vast, invisible economic machine. Bionomics rejects "economy as machine" thinking? Absolutely. Instead, Bionomics says that an economy is like an "evolving ecosystem." A modern market economy is like a tropical rainforest, populated by vast numbers of highly specialized organizations instead of highly specialized organisms. They're all linked together in an incredibly complex web of competitive and cooperative relationships. Each company works to survive in its market niche just as each individual organism works to survive in its ecologic niche. Has anyone discussed this subject on Darwin-L? Would someone like to discuss it? I must confess that I do not know what to make of it. I quite agree with their critique of ordinary economics; but I do not see how an evolutionary approach that focuses on ``companies'' is likely to have much explanatory power about the world we live in, or even the subset of that world that is traditionally covered by economics. -- Peter D. Junger--Case Western Reserve University Law School--Cleveland, OH Internet: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org URL: http://samsara.law.cwru.edu _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:45>From email@example.com Fri Oct 25 12:55:25 1996 Date: Fri, 25 Oct 1996 13:54:33 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org (Darwin List) From: "Jeremy C. Ahouse" <email@example.com> Subject: alas The london times internet edition - available via http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/ Oct 25. In World news tells us that (note the name of the reporter!?!); Pope places some faith in Darwin's theory of evolution FROM RICHARD OWEN IN ROME THE Pope risked the wrath of the religious Right yesterday by declaring that Darwin's theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith. In a message to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which advises the Vatican on scientific matters, the Pope said the theory of natural selection was "more than just a hypothesis". The Pope, who appears fully recovered from his appendix operation two weeks ago, was responding to requests for clarification from the 80-member Academy, which is holding its 60th anniversary meeting on "Evolution And The Origins Of Life". Darwin's theories, as formulated in Origin Of Species By Natural Selection and The Descent Of Man led to bitter controversy in the late 19th century, with leading churchmen denouncing them as incompatible with the account given in Genesis. Pope Pius XII broached the subject in 1950 in his encyclical Humani Generis, indicating that the Church should not reject Darwin's "serious hypothesis" out of hand. But he said that it could be misused by Communist "dialectical materialists" whose aim was "to remove any notion of God from people's minds". Pope John Paul II went further than Pius XII yesterday, saying: "It is noteworthy that the theory of evolution has progressively taken root in the minds of researchers following a series of discoveries in different disciplines." He added: "The convergence, neither sought nor provoked, of results of studies undertaken independently from each other in itself constitutes a significant argument in favour of the theory [of evolution]." The Pope appeared to side step the vexed theological question of whether, if the theory of evolution from apes and Australopithecus afarensis through Neanderthal man to Homo sapiens is correct, creatures before modern man had souls. But he said that, whatever man's origins, his soul was a divine creation, declaring: "If the human body has its origin in pre-existing living matter, the spiritual soul is immediately created by God." No theory was acceptable which held that the spirit emerged from "the forces of living material". Marghareta Hack, a leading Italian astronomer, said the pronouncement was an important step "because for the first time the Church is accepting evolution as a proven fact". Francesco Barone, a scientific philosopher, told Il Messaggero that, after Galileo's rehabilitation, acceptance of evolutionary theory was the latest in a series of steps which were "mending the tears" in the Church's relationship with science. Opposition to Darwinism remains staunch in the American Bible Belt. ________ Jeremy C. Ahouse Biology Department Brandeis University Waltham, MA 02254-9110 ph: (617) 736-4954 fax: (617) 736-2405 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://www.rose.brandeis.edu/users/simister/pages/Ahouse _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:46>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu Mon Oct 28 00:06:41 1996 Date: Mon, 28 Oct 1996 01:05:57 -0500 (EST) From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu Subject: Re: Earthworms To: email@example.com Organization: University of NC at Greensboro In reply to David Herring's recent message about Darwin's earthworm book (_On the Formation of Vegetable Mould_ etc.), permit me a bit of frivolity in the form of a wonderful poem by e. e. cummings that came to mind when I read David's message. It has nothing to do with the historical sciences, but I couldn't resist. Bob O'Hara (firstname.lastname@example.org) --------------------------------------- nobody loses all the time i had an uncle named Sol who was a born failure and nearly everybody said he should have gone into vaudeville perhaps because my Uncle Sol could sing McCann He Was A Diver on Xmas Eve like Hell Itself which may or may not account for the fact that my Uncle Sol indulged in that possibly most inexcusable of all to use a highfalootin phrase luxuries that is or to wit farming and be it needlessly added my Uncle Sol's farm failed because the chickens ate the vegetables so my Uncle Sol had a chicken farm till the skunks ate the chickens when my Uncle Sol had a skunk farm but the skunks caught cold and died and so my Uncle Sol imitated the skunks in a subtle manner or by drowning himself in the watertank but somebody who'd given my Uncle Sol a Victor Victrola and records while he lived presented to him upon the auspicious occasion of his decease a scrumptious not to mention splendiferous funeral with tall boys in black golves and flowers and everything and i remember we all cried like the Missouri when my Uncle Sol's coffin lurched because somebody pressed a button (and down went my Uncle Sol and started a worm farm) --------------------------------------- _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:47>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu Mon Oct 28 23:50:27 1996 Date: Tue, 29 Oct 1996 00:51:07 -0500 (EST) From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu Subject: Smithsonian Institution Fellowships (fwd) To: email@example.com Organization: University of NC at Greensboro Date: Mon, 28 Oct 1996 10:38:38 -0500 (EST) From: Pamela Hudson <OASBB001@SIVM.SI.EDU> Subject: 1997 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program To: firstname.lastname@example.org *************************************************** Please forward to appropriate lists and individuals. Apologies for any cross-posting. *************************************************** The Smithsonian Institution encourages access to its collections, staff specialties, and reference resources by visiting scholars, scientists, and students. The Institution offers in-residence appointments for research and study using its facilities, and the advice and guidance of its staff members. SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM The Smithsonian Institution offers fellowships for research and study in fields which are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Institution. At present these fields are: Animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science, including an emphasis on the tropics Anthropology, including archaeology, Astrophysics and astronomy Earth sciences and paleobiology Evolutionary and systematic biology History of science and technology History of art, especially American, contemporary, African, and Asian art, twentieth-century American crafts, and decorative arts Social and cultural history of the United States Folklife POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for less than seven years. SENIOR FELLOWSHIPS are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for seven years or more. The term is 3 to 12 months. Both fellowships offer a stipend of $25,000 per year plus allowances. PREDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS are offered to doctoral candidates who have completed preliminary course work and examinations. Candidates must have the approval of their universities to conduct doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution. The term is 3 to 12 months. The stipend is $14,000 per year plus allowances. GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS are offered to students formally enrolled in a graduate program of study, who have completed at least one semester, and not yet have been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. Program. The term is 10 weeks; the stipend is $3,000. These fellowships support research in residence at all Smithsonian facilities except the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (see below). Postmark deadline for submission - January 15, 1997 Stipends are prorated for periods of less than twelve months. FELLOWSHIPS AT THE SMITHSONIAN ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY Applicants interested in conducting research at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory should write to the Office of the Director, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 for program information, application materials, and deadlines. Fellowship Applications, supporting materials, and information on other Smithsonian Institution fellowhsip and internship programs can be retrieved at the following address (but they must be submitted by postal mail): http://www.si.edu/research+study or by contacting: Office of Fellowships and Grants Smithsonian Institution 955 L'Enfant Plaza, Suite 7000 Washington, D.C. 20560 (202) 287-3271 or E-mail: email@example.com (Please include mailing address for requested materials) *************************************************************** Pamela E. Hudson, Academic Programs Specialist Office of Fellowships and Grants Smithsonian Institution firstname.lastname@example.org phone: (202) 287-3271 _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:48>From email@example.com Mon Oct 28 04:02:27 1996 Date: Mon, 28 Oct 1996 05:01:10 -0500 (EST) From: Bayla Singer <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: bionomics To: email@example.com I haven't looked at the "bionomics" web page or other material, but the notion of economics being related to ecology is not new. Indeed, both words are derived from the same root, <oikos>, the household. I don't think it's particularly new, or off-the-wall, to explore the behavior and fate of firms (companies) from an evolutionary perspective. As surely as we speak of "fine-tuning the economic engine," we also speak of "niche marketing," "diversification," and of course "competition." My own field, the history of technology, commonly uses the ecological/ evolutionary perspective to set technological development in its social context (broadly defined). --Bayla firstname.lastname@example.org _______________________________________________________________________________ <38:49>From email@example.com Mon Oct 28 18:25:38 1996 Date: Mon, 28 Oct 1996 17:29:42 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (T. Harms) Subject: Re: bionomics Peter D. Junger, you wrote >I have just come across a web page dedicated to the rather >unfortunately named subject ``bionomics''. ... >Bionomics seems to be a peculiar combination of palaetiological common >sense and technocapitalistic apologetics. ... > >Has anyone discussed this subject on Darwin-L? Would someone like to >discuss it? I am interested in discussing it. >I must confess that I do not know what to make of it. I quite agree >with their critique of ordinary economics; but I do not see how an >evolutionary approach that focuses on ``companies'' is likely to have >much explanatory power about the world we live in, or even the subset >of that world that is traditionally covered by economics. The explanatory opportunity looks straightforward to me. I suspect that they err in some specifics such as their choice of units-of-selection, but I don't think those errors greatly cloud the general insight that selection theory brings to economics. Tracy Bruce Harms Boulder, Colorado _______________________________________________________________________________ Darwin-L Message Log 38: 21-49 -- October 1996 End
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