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Nature, ISSN 0028-0836, 2013, Volume 502, Issue 7470, p. 170
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Biology & Philosophy, ISSN 0169-3867, 10/2019, Volume 34, Issue 5, pp. 1 - 11
I respond to recent criticism of my analysis of the permissive-instructive distinction and outline problems with the alternative analysis on offer. Amongst... 
Philosophy of Biology | Specificity | Causation | Permissive | Development | Evolutionary Biology | Instructive | Information | Philosophy | HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
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Biology & Philosophy, ISSN 0169-3867, 7/2017, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp. 481 - 505
I use some recent formal work on measuring causation to explore a suggestion by James Woodward: that the notion of causal specificity can clarify the... 
Philosophy of Biology | Specificity | Causation | Permissive | Waddington | Evolutionary Biology | Instructive | Information | Philosophy | EVOLUTION | CANALIZATION | WADDINGTONS EPIGENETIC LANDSCAPE | HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE | DIFFERENTIATION | Gene expression | Causality | Developmental biology | Gene regulation
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BMC Evolutionary Biology, ISSN 1471-2148, 04/2014, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp. 82 - 82
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Philosophy of science, ISSN 0031-8248, 12/2014, Volume 81, Issue 5, pp. 879 - 890
Recent work on the evolution of signaling systems provides a novel way of thinking about genetic information, where information is passed between genes in a... 
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Philosophy of Science, ISSN 0031-8248, 12/2014, Volume 81, Issue 5, p. 879
  Recent work on the evolution of signaling systems provides a novel way of thinking about genetic information, where information is passed between genes in a... 
Genotype & phenotype | Developmental biology | Genes | Evolution | Genetics
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Molecular Biology and Evolution, ISSN 0737-4038, 2017, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp. 772 - 773
PartitionFinder 2 is a program for automatically selecting best-fit partitioning schemes and models of evolution for phylogenetic analyses. PartitionFinder 2... 
Molecular evolution | AIC | Partitioning | Model selection | BIC | AICc | PHYLOGENOMICS | EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY | BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY | GENETICS & HEREDITY | model selection | partitioning | SITE RATES | molecular evolution | SCHEMES | Biological Evolution | Algorithms | Computer Simulation | Models, Genetic | Software | Phylogeny | Genome | Sequence Analysis, DNA - methods | Evolution, Molecular
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NATURE, ISSN 0028-0836, 10/2013, Volume 502, Issue 7470, pp. 170 - 170
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Philosophy of Science, ISSN 0031-8248, 12/2014, Volume 81, Issue 5, pp. 879 - 890
Recent work on the evolution of signaling systems provides a novel way of thinking about genetic information, where information is passed between genes in a... 
Transcription factors | Passengers | Genes | DNA | Government regulation | Information processing | Evolution | Automobiles | Gene expression | Genetic mutation | SYSTEMS | HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE | EVOLUTION | PATTERN | POSITIONAL INFORMATION | LOGIC | Science | Genetic research | Cellular signal transduction | Research | Genetic regulation | Beliefs, opinions and attitudes
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Biology & Philosophy, ISSN 0169-3867, 5/2014, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp. 293 - 313
Comparing engineering to evolution typically involves adaptationist thinking, where well-designed artifacts are likened to well-adapted organisms, and the... 
Philosophy of Biology | Engineering | Adaptationism | Evo-devo | Evolutionary Biology | Evolvability | Evolutionary systems biology | Philosophy | Teleology | ADHESION | EVOLUTION | HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE | MECHANISMS
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Biology & Philosophy, ISSN 0169-3867, 9/2013, Volume 28, Issue 5, pp. 767 - 780
Like Laland et al., I think Mayr’s distinction is problematic, but I identify a further problem with it. I argue that Mayr’s distinction is a false dichotomy,... 
Philosophy of Biology | Proximate-ultimate | Explanation | Causation | Mayr | Evo-devo | Evolutionary Biology | Philosophy
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Biology and Philosophy, ISSN 0169-3867, 09/2013, Volume 28, Issue 5, pp. 767 - 780
Like Laland et al., I think Mayr's distinction is problematic, but I identify a further problem with it. I argue that Mayr's distinction is a false dichotomy,... 
Mayr | Evo-devo | Proximate-ultimate | Explanation | Causation | EVOLUTION | BIOLOGY | HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE | Sickle cell anemia
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BIOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY, ISSN 0169-3867, 03/2011, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp. 281 - 293
This review of Wimsatt's book "Re-engineering Philosophy for Limited Beings" focuses on analysing his use of robustness, a central theme in the book. I outline... 
Engineering | HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE | Robustness | Tinkering | Philosophy
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The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, ISSN 0007-0882, 3/2009, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp. 51 - 78
This paper describes a pattern of explanation prevalent in the biological sciences that I call a 'lineage explanation'. The aim of these explanations is to... 
Feathers | Eyes | Biological evolution | Evolution | Trajectories | Population dynamics | Follicles | Automobiles | Natural selection | Software engineering | HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE | DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY | EVOLUTION | FEATHERS | Science | Biology | Research | Adaptation (Biology) | Analysis | Beliefs, opinions and attitudes
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PLoS Biology, ISSN 1544-9173, 09/2018, Volume 16, Issue 9, p. e2006654
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PLOS BIOLOGY, ISSN 1545-7885, 09/2018, Volume 16, Issue 9, p. e2006654
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Biology & Philosophy, ISSN 0169-3867, 3/2008, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp. 179 - 203
Understanding how cooperation evolves is central to explaining some core features of our biological world. Many important evolutionary events, such as the... 
Philosophy of Biology | Cooperation | Major transitions | Plasticity | Evolutionary Biology | Philosophy | Division of labour | PROXIMATE | SOCIAL INSECTS | plasticity | HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE | major transitions | division of labour | MULTICELLULARITY | EVOLUTION | MOLECULAR-TRANSPORT | SOCIETIES | DIVERSITY | DIFFERENTIATION | TRANSITIONS | SELECTION | cooperation
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2013, Life and mind: philosophical issues in biology and psychology, ISBN 0262018535, vii, 577
This collection reports on the latest research on an increasingly pivotal issue for evolutionary biology: cooperation. The chapters are written from a variety... 
Evolutionary psychology | Evolution (Biology) | Cooperativeness | Cooperation | Philosophy | Biology, life sciences | Ecology & Evolutionary Biology | General Science | evolutionary psychology | cooperativeness | philosophy | evolution (biology) | cooperation
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Philosophy of Science, ISSN 0031-8248, 10/2015, Volume 82, Issue 4, pp. 529 - 555
Several authors have argued that causes differ in the degree to which they are ‘specific’ to their effects. Woodward has used this idea to enrich his... 
Probability distributions | Splicing | RNA | Genetic variation | DNA | Genes | Causation | Information economics | Entropy | Promoter regions | MOLECULAR EPIGENESIS | HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE | GENE | CENTRAL DOGMA | Analysis | Information theory
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