David Tyler has a background in physics (BSc and MSc) and a career that has led him into management (PhD). He had 8 years experience in applied research followed by other industrial experiences. As a UK academic, he is involved in teaching and research. He seeks to counter ideologies that seek to confine Christianity to personal, private and subjective spheres of life. Science is not a value-free platform for the development of knowledge, but a human activity that is built on metaphysics that scientists bring to their work. These issues are explored in his current literature blogs at Access Research Network.
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Neanderthals continue to challenge evolutionary perspectives

Images of Neanderthal Man have changed over the years, but there has been a reluctance to portray them as our near-cousins. Neanderthals have been treated as a separate species within the Homo family, and usually described as slow and clumsy, with a limited capacity for creative thinking. The evolutionary context is typically presented in terms Read More…

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Progressionist language in science literature

Ever since Darwin, there has been a tension between the theory of biological transformation (stochastic tinkering) and the concept of progress. Two Italian biologists have scanned 67,413 scientific articles published between 2005 and 2010 in 16 top science journals. They were looking for examples of progressionist, pre-evolutionary language because they suspected that evolutionary biology has Read More…

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Species richness promotes healthy ecosystems

People who love the countryside and open places tend to value biodiversity and rich ecosystems. There is a perception that a high species diversity helps to stabilise ecosystems by buffering the effects of environmental change, and in addition create ecosystems with greater functionality. According to MacDougall et al. (2013), “Biodiversity can stabilize ecological systems by Read More…

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Reappraising speciation in fossil gastropods

It is often said that the timescales for evolution are too long to allow speciation to be studied experimentally. Consequently, researchers look to the fossil record to provide the evidence base. However, this also has its limitations. With fossils, molecular analyses are not possible because soft tissues decay rapidly. Furthermore, the drivers of speciation are Read More…

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Stasis in Pleistocene mammals and birds

New information has emerged to show that a prediction of neo-Darwinism has been falsified. Everyone knows that animals adapt to their environments. The surge of interest in climate change has stimulated research into morphological change in Galapagos finches, “Siberian warblers, English sparrows, cuckoos, cowbirds, red-winged blackbirds, and many others.” The message coming through is that Read More…

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Priapulids challenge the cone of increasing diversity concept

Darwin’s solitary illustration of evolutionary branching has left a lasting impression in the minds of readers. From an ancestral form, speciation occurs and the diversity of descendants increases. This can be visualised as a cone of morphological variation, extending from the source. However, the Cambrian Explosion provides empirical evidence against this concept, as a large Read More…