Patrick Matthew of Gourdiehill, Perthshire (1790 –1874) was a true social maverick. Many folk more able than I, are endeavouring to secure his proper place in history. On Gourdiehill, cultural … Continue reading Gourdiehill

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