Comment on Dot Earth2/14/09 regarding Darwin, “On the origin and fate of species“ — One of the more curious omissions in the neo-Darwinian interpretation of evolution, still, is to account for learning. Every kind of ‘foraging’ and ‘risk avoidance’ behavior is clear evidence of an individual complex system engaged in learning essential to its wellbeing.
letter to NY Times 2/14/09 — There’s a lot of important dissent on the economic “recovery” plan, and you’re not doing it justice at all. From the “physical world” community, the scientists who study the economics of the environment and physical economy, the flaw in the plan is believing the phrase “lasting economic growth”. Those who study
re: Feb 14 2009 Science News – editor’s comment Editor Tom Siegfried’s comment emphasizes that the main subject of science is understanding a world of change, but one might not know that from asking scientists. Scientists have built their whole culture around finding fixed rules for things. We call it “determinism” and the whole community
Responding to Steve Kurtz 2/14/09 Phil, What evidence do you have to claim that my well-being is dependent upon me “multiplying other peoples obligations” to me? Steve —- Steve, It’s mainly a kind of “generosity” and show of “trust” that becomes an onerous multiplying obligartion. We typically all act to multiply the obligations others have