Where recorded history has gone astray: Rabbie Burns

Rabbie Burns made two [recorded] visits to Stirlingshire.  Of these visits,  the most definitive account was published in 1899: Betty Black’s Inn. ‘PH’ bottom left, off Brook Street First OS  … Continue reading Where recorded history has gone astray: Rabbie Burns

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

Genius as phosphorus

With the theatrics surrounding the announcement of the sequencing of the human genome, genes yielded to genomics, and DNA came to permeate speech and images from car advertisements to politics. … Continue reading Genius as phosphorus