Who’s Invited to the Royal Society Evolution Paradigm Shift Meeting? – The Unofficial List
While principal organizers of the
Cartwright and Dupré are associated with the Stanford School of Philosophy of Science that argues against the unity of science. Laland is an ally of some of “the Altenberg 16” scientists listed on The Third Way of Evolution page — Gerd Müller, Eva Jablonka and John Odling-Smee, who until recently had been thinkng an extended synthesis was enough, i.e., a grafting onto the modern synthesis. However, their recent paper indicates that the extended synthesis they once envisioned could now be more along the lines of what Denis Noble is arguing for — replacement.
The other Altenberg 16 name associated with The Third Way of Evolution page — which many of the scientists attending the upcoming conference are part of — is cell biologist Stuart Newman. Newman gave me his perspective recently on what he termed the “new thinking”:
“Nonlinear means that you can’t look at straight lines of descent anymore because viruses and other entities are coming in at all stages of evolution. Classically this — horizontal transfer — has been considered a rare thing. With the new understanding of what viruses can do, the nonlinear approach becomes much more prominent.
The idea is that when you look at the early history of life and the origin of the cell, you really can’t track linearly from primitive form through changes in the genome to later forms because entities are now understood to be coming in laterally from other forms. It’s new thinking and I have no disagreement with it.”
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