Stephen Jay Gould conference in Italy — full series of talks.

The complete series of talks is now posted from the conference on Stephen J. Gould’s Legacy: Nature, History, Society, May 10-12, 2012 at theĀ Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Venice, Italy.

Telmo Pievani – Ten years without Stephen J. Gould: the scientific heritage

Niles Eldredge – Stephen Jay Gould in the [...]


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The nature of science: required reading.

Many researchers have been strongly influenced by Karl Popper’s idea of falsificationism. In fact, one often hears that falsificationism is a (if not the) defining feature of the scientific method. Is it? For those who are open to a different understanding of scientific methods (plural), I recommend the following:

Birkhead, T. 2008. In praise [...]


How science works.

I am exhausted by the constant necessity of defending discovery and exploration science as being as legitimate as (and, in my opinion, far more influential than) “the” scientific method of testing very focused hypotheses. I am especially tired of having to reassure my graduate students that, despite what other faculty insist on implying, what [...]


Flaws of the fudge factor.

A nice property of blogs is that they provide an opportunity to share ideas that, for one reason or another, never made it to publication. Here is a letter to Science that I wrote a few years ago which was bounced. It is in response to a piece called “Testing hypotheses: prediction or prejudice” [...]