Sir Paul Nurse has just completed his five-year term as president of the Royal Society. The Nobel laureate and molecular biologist has been succeeded by Nobel laureate Sir Venkatraman “Venki” Ramakrishnan, who is a structural biologist.
But Nurse, who will continue in his role as chief of Francis Crick Institute, has not left the Royal Society without first ensuring that the world’s oldest scientific society remains relevant: a major Royal Society meeting in London has been called for November 7-9, 2016 on evolution paradigm shift with the understated working title, “New Trends in Evolutionary Biology: Philosophical and Social Science Implications.” The conference is being co-sponsored by the British Academy for the humanities and social sciences. While specific details of the event have not yet been announced, I’m told that many of the 50 or so scientists associated with The Third Way of Evolution — who I call “The Paradigm Shifters” — will attend … More.
Well, 50 is way more promising than 16. Mazur got locked out of the Altenberg 16 meet (of a broad assortment of scientists and philosophers fed up with the Darwin lobby) in 2008, apparently because she had “got ahead of the story.”
That is, back then people were hesitant to come right out and say what everyone knows.
What “everyone knows”?
Well, that ranges from “The 21st century is the age of information” (Kadanoff) right down to “Darwinism makes you stupid” (O’Leary for News, climbing out from under a heap of Darwin-inspired dunciads.)
In fairness, Darwin probably had way more sense than many of his followers today. But that’s hardly a proposition they can take to the bank, is it?
Maybe the science world is waking up? Hope Mazur gets to cover it this time. Stay tuned.
See also: Questioning Darwinism at The Scientist? (If this isn’t a hoax, we wonder how long it’ll last)
Has Nature “got” what is at stake in the string theory controversy? It’s not so much that science will change as that it will cease to exist. The world is full of viable, widely believed, often useful, but untestable theories. They’re fine—unless someone calls them science.
Dunciad? Oh, that just means a celebration of intellectual dullness:
Loud thunder to its bottom shook the bog,
And the hoarse nation croak’d, ‘God save King Log!’
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