Frailty – nothing about us without us

In September 2016, Professor Martin Vernon, National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Care at NHS England stated why diagnosing frailty is important: In the same month Professor David Oliver … Continue reading Frailty – nothing about us without us

Prince Peter Kropotkin

Marx and Engels in their commentary on Darwin spoke of his materialism as ‘mechanical’, to be distinguished from their own dialectical and historical materialism. The supernatural, and hence religious belief, … Continue reading Prince Peter Kropotkin

Shelley’s Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s unforgettable creation of Frankenstein’s monster. Her book, first published in 1818, was however profoundly critical of the amoral character of science and scientists; she saw the horrors committed … Continue reading Shelley’s Frankenstein

The panglossian paradigm

The most intense debates, however, continue to address the same questions that troubled Darwin, who emphasised that natural selection is not the only mechanism for evolutionary change. For him, sexual … Continue reading The panglossian paradigm

The holus-bolus of Dobzhansky and Craddock

Meanwhile the synthesis of genetics and evolutionary theory was proving increasingly powerful, summed up by the population geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky in 1950 as ‘nothing in biology makes sense except in … Continue reading The holus-bolus of Dobzhansky and Craddock