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Bob O'H



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 09 2010,09:49   

I guess there will be a bit of discussion about Fodor & Piattelli-Palmarini's new book - What Darwin Got Wrong (available from all good Amazons, if it's not published by McMillan).  

He wrote an infamous piece a couple of years ago in the London Review of Books, which was pilloried at the time.  But I can't find a thread about the fun then.  So here we are, just in case.

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Bob O'H



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 09 2010,09:51   

And just to show that this isn't pure altruism, here's my take on the accompanying New Scientist article.  Fodor & PP seem to be ignorant - I don't think they even know what a spandrel is.

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carlsonjok



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 09 2010,09:56   

Quote (Bob O'H @ Feb. 09 2010,09:49)
I guess there will be a bit of discussion about Fodor & Piattelli-Palmarini's new book - What Darwin Got Wrong (available from all good Amazons, if it's not published by McMillan).

Well sure you want to tear that book apart, since you failed at Expelling them.

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It's natural to be curious about our world, but the scientific method is just one theory about how to best understand it. We live in a democracy, which means we should treat every theory equally. - Steven Colbert, I Am America (and So Can You!)

  
Quack



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 09 2010,10:29   

Quote (Bob O'H @ Feb. 09 2010,09:49)
I guess there will be a bit of discussion about Fodor & Piattelli-Palmarini's new book - What Darwin Got Wrong (available from all good Amazons, if it's not published by McMillan).

He wrote an infamous piece a couple of years ago in the London Review of Books, which was pilloried at the time. But I can't find a thread about the fun then. So here we are, just in case.

Could this be the thread you were looking for?

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ETA Now I know what a spandrel is.

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Doc Bill



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 09 2010,18:10   

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ETA Now I know what a spandrel is.


Come now!  Joe Cocker sung about them!

  
Timothy McDougald



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 09 2010,22:23   

Quote (Doc Bill @ Feb. 09 2010,18:10)
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ETA Now I know what a spandrel is.


Come now! Joe Cocker sung about them!

But only because his baby wrote him a letter ;)

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