Biological Interest Group

Meeting time: Friday mornings (throughout the semester), 10:15–11:30 a.m. 
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. For more information, please contact Alan Love.

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.)

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September 6: Ehlman, S. and E. Snell-Rood. Developing the genotype-to-phenotype arrow: conceptualizations of development broaden evolutionary theory (manuscript) (pdf)

September 13: Bromham, L. 2016. Testing hypotheses in macroevolution. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 55:47-59. (pdf)
​​​​​​Megan Page (Loyola University) will be visiting.

September 20: Nicholson, D.J. 2019. Is the cell really a machine? Journal of Theoretical Biology 477:108-126. (pdf)

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