call for contributions to a book on:
book will be developed from the contributions of
the ISSEI workshop at Malta (see below) with additional contributions
solicited, produced under the tentative book title: Neodarwinian
tentative set of paradigms that I propose to represent Neodarwinian
logic (subject to criticism and modification) may be summarized as
(and accumulation of mutations).
of species (corollary to #3).
(emerges via variation and selection).
evolution from a single unique origin
(corollary to #5).
organization and compartmentalization of hereditary base (emerges via
variation and selection).
has a direction, is gradual(?) and provides limited optimisation
(survival of the fittest) in isolation (in isolated populations).
principal aim of the book is to present a generalization of the
neodarwinian priciples beyond the field of genetic evolution.
Relevant phenomena (from the field of sociology and the humanities, as
well as non-genetic biological processes) are not primarely reduced to
genetics, but analyzed in respect to formal (mathematical) properties.
furthermore seeks to provide an answer to the questions that recently
have been raised by Cardinal Schönborn on behalf of the catholic church. It
will present an uncompromising evaluation of theological and
scientific arguments without claiming a final consensus.
book will include chapters grouped into three categories:
1. the state of the art in evolutionary biology; key issues of genetic
2. the application of the paradigm/method/logic to other fields of
study; a cross-section of occurances and applications of neodarwinian
logic in all scientific disciplines
3. the religious deminension: why is darwinism rejected, what
religious arguments are there to modify scientific theory and what
epistemological status do such claims have (are they supported by
introspection, or predicted on grounds of theoretical consistence
?...); all world regions in their opinions about Darwinism will be
the above list of contributions special consideration will be given to
the following timely issues:
types of cooperation (hypercycle, centrifugal vs centralist forces,
hierachies, biodiversity, monopolisation, ...)
with the concept of chance (chance, choice and necessity;
Darwinian chance vs. dialectical negation; popperian evolutution
and intelligent design; causa finalis?, ....)
mind, and the role of God (the coevolution of consciousness; God
being subject to his inner evolutionary processes, parapsychology,
considerations (the narrative and contextual character of both
science and scriptures; the methods of religion, science, the law,
etc.; structuralism ...)
logic and Dialectic logic; its application to culture and cultural
products (comparative literature, ...)
logic in biology (genetics, immunology, higher
order structural protein assembly); specific issues of the gene
based system (molecular evolution in the test tube, beyond
gradualism, group selection, generative entrenchment and
evolutionary developmental biology, criteria
of fitness, the
evolution of the eye,...)
list may be enlarged as further propositions come in.
detail the book includes all aspects of the original call for the
Malta workshop presented below, but focuses specifically on the logic
of neodarwinism, i.e. a set of paradigms. It will investigate modes
related to neodarwinian logic rather than metaphors.Contributing papers discuss
the application and limits of these paradigms in a variety of of
disciplines (philosophy, economics, social sciences, liguistics immunology, brain
research, informatics, poetry, the arts, ...), they present the evidences that support these paradigms in
the field of life sciences (molecular in vitro models of evolution,
paleontology, non-coding DNA, genetic regulation of morphogenesis,
what's the problem about reverse translatases, tubulin assembly, ant foraging behavior, ...), they provide a comparison of different evolution models, they
discuss the evolution of intelligence, they discuss the relation of
science and religion, present theological arguments concerning
evolution from the point of view of different denominations and creeds
(modern textual criticism in exegetics, process-theology, feminist
theology, comparative studies for Islam, Judaism and Buddhism, ...),
they present the history of the evolution - creation struggle in the
USA with emphasis on high school teaching, they present tangential
information from other fields of science like parapsychology (mental
manipulation of chance events, ...), and more.
presentations of the book should help scholars at the postgraduate
level to understand the problems and language of other dispciplines in
respect to the common theme of the book without having formal training
in them. Thus the
book should enable professionals to understand the state of the
research in other fields and to communicate in a transdisciplinary
manner across existing discouse boundaries. The editor believes there
is both lack of theological understanding among scientists and lack of
scientific understanding among theologians and philosophers. The book
should bridge this gap. It is not primarily written for the lay
person and does not intend to popularize the subject, yet without
excluding anyone who enjoys to read a professional text.
you are interested to contribute an article to this book, please
tentative chapters of the book:
design does not contradict neodarwinian logic
Technological University, USA
and Natural Selection [.pdf]
|Boston University, USA
||Visions of creation in the late modern age
|Komarov Botanical Institute, St. Petersburg,
|Russia, the Orthodox Church and evolution theory
|University Göttingen, Germany
Evolution, Process theory
Aurobindo and the
Philosophy of Evolution [.pdf]
|Claremont School of Theology, USA
Logic: Analogy or General Analysis? [.pdf]
Filomena de Sousa
du Québec ŕ Montréal, Canada
Approaches in Economics: Scope and Models [.pdf]
Meleghy / Heinz-Jürgen Niedenzu
of Innsbruck, Austria
Relevance of Evolutionary Theory for the Social Sciences [.pdf]
Meleghy / Heinz-Jürgen Niedenzu
of Innsbruck, Austria
Evolutionary Foundations of Human Rationality: on Norbert Elias
and Stephen K. Sanderson [.pdf]
Role of Evolutionary Mechanisms for Social Systems Development
Schuster (confirmation pending)
of Vienna, Austria
under controlled conditions and laboratory experiments
| New York, USA
|Clonal Selection Theory and the Neo-Darwinian
Transformation of Immunology
Technological University, USA
Evolution of the Eye: A
Philosopher's Critique of Intelligent Design [.pdf]
of Greifswald, Germany
||Of Dinos, Neanderthals and the Postcolonial Other: A
Case Study of Scientific Evolution
Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin, Germany
theory in the court room [.pdf]
step to realize this project was the following workshop:
“The European Mind: Narrative and Identity”
Conference of the International Society for the Study of
European Ideas (ISSEI)
cooperation with the University of Malta,
24 – 29 July, 2006
Prof. Dr.Stanley Shostak
Department Biological Sciences, retired
Univ. of Pittsburgh
Tel: + Fax.: +1-412-4210504
+ Fax.: +43-1-317.5713
The science and history of evolutionary theory
In the United States, high (secondary) school education is virtually
compulsory. Teenage students are forced to learn and submit to
examination on a doctrine deemed sacrilegious by many Christian
fundamentalists. Consequently, teaching evolution is widely resented
and frequently resisted through efforts of democratically elected
officials. Recently, efforts to remove evolution from high school
curricula or delineate its scope have been rebuffed by the courts
without recognizing the legitimate concern of parents to supervise the
moral education of their children. Intelligent design remains an
academic research agenda. While it may be premature to expose
Secondary school students with unexplored ideas, it remains worthwhile
to academically examine such ideas. Rather than furthering the
scientific study of evolution, controversy has been an impediment. We
propose, therefore, to promote evolutionary studies by launching a
range of useful new debates:
Trial and error are minimalistic requirements to bootstrap complexity,
and hence should also be the initial stages in the development of
intelligence. Hence regardless of whether we have understood
speciation in full, the structuralistic principle of Darwinism remains
applicable even if we engage intelligence.
cultural evolution operates with higher complexities and possibly
different mechanisms that remain to be specified.
By scientific standards Intelligent design postulates a deus-ex-machina
without thusfar providing mechanisms of interference with the genetic
apparatus and without explaining intelligence itself.
How have art, intelligence, rituals and fetishism evolved: what are
their sources and what are the conditions for their development?
Are science and religion complementary descriptions of the world, and
are their epistemologies compatible?
The organizers invite papers in any of the above categories. Please
for submissions is: 15th April 2006. deadline
extended to 15th May 2006
contributions will be published in the conference proceedings;
manuscripts should not exceed 3000 words (approx. 10 pages).
For information about the conference, registration, travel directions
etc. see: http://issei2006.haifa.ac.il
27th July evening: workshop dinner (details will be
announced in the workshop afternoon session)
paper presented at the slsa meeting:
Potschka, Martin  The roman catholic
church and evolution theory: Intelligent design does
not contradict Neodarwinian logic [.pdf]
information on the subject of Evolution
debate of evolution in the Roman Catholic Church:
John Paul II has called Evolution theory "more than a hypothesis".
According to the judgment of the International Harald Tribune, Cardinal Schönborn
denied that John Paul II had accepted the possibility of evolution. He
certainly does not accept some of the implications of his
message and there he gets assistence by physicist Herbert Pietschmann
who claims that scientific theories always are mere hypothesis. What
is truth, what is a hypothesis? (this epistemological quirl is one of the issues discussed in the
article by Martin Potschka, other aspects are:. Is evolution theory complete? Is there
intelligence in the universe? and how did intelligence evolve?)
Paul II, Truth cannot contradict
Address to the pontifical academy of sciences 22. October 1996, L'Osservatore Romano
(english edition) October 30th 1996.
Christoph, Finding Design in Nature, New York Times July 7,
Martin, Wo bleibt die Evolution der
Intelligenz?, Der Standard 3. Dezember 2005, S. 40.
Teaching Evolution in high schools:
Brumfiel, Geoff, School
board in court over bid to teach intelligent design: Parents
fight decision to include intelligent creator in science lessons, Nature,
Published online: 28
September 2005; | doi:10.1038/437607b
Dover Decision, On December 20 2005 Judge John E. Jones III ruled in favor of the parents who sought to
prevent the incorporation of intelligent design, a religious concept,
into science lessons on evolution. Click
here to read Judge Jones's 139-page decision [http://coop.www.uscourts.gov/pamd/kitzmiller_342.pdf]
Major Court Decisions against Teaching Creationism as Science",
National Center for Science Education.
here to read [http://www.ncseweb.org/resources/articles/1464_10_major_court_decisions_again_2_15_2001.asp]
Group on Teaching Evolution, National Academy of Sciences  Teaching
about Evolution and the Nature of Science, Washington, DC: National
John Hedley, A secular religion: should evolutionism be viewed as a
modified descendant of Christianity?, a review of the book "The Evolution-Creation Struggle" by Michael Ruse, Nature
437 (2005) 815-816.
John, 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense, Scientific
American July 2002: 78-85.
Phillip E.  Darwin on Trial, Downers Grove, IL:
InterVarsity Press; 1993.
John C. and Henry M. Morris, The Genesis Flood: The Biblical
Record and its Scientific Implications, Foreword by John C.
Phillipsburgh, NJ: P&R Publishing; 1961.
Henry M., and Gary E. Parker, What is Creations Science?,
Revised and Expanded, Green Forest, AR: Master Books, Inc.; 1982.
Henry M., ed., Scientific Creationism, Prepared by the
technical staff and consultants of the Institute for Creation
Green Forest, AR: Master Books, Inc.; 1974.
Topics in evolution theory:
Martin, Evolutionstheorie. Die Wiegen der Menschlichkeit. Neue
Theorien über Anfang und Evolution der Menschheit, Volksstimme
27 (1994) 20.
William R., Salt, George W., The evolution of reproductive isolation
as a correlated character under sympatric conditions - experimental
44 (1990) 1140-1152.
William R., Hostert Ellen E., Laboratory Experiments on speciation - what
we learned in 40 years, Evolution
47 (1993) 1637-1653.
Seth, SETI and Intelligent Design,
The American Institute of