Academic talks

International Meeting “Evolutionary Theory: A Hierarchical Perspective”

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Presentation of: Eldredge N, Pievani T, Serrelli E, Tëmkin I, eds. (2016). Evolutionary Theory: A Hierarchical Perspective. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. With Telmo Pievani, Ilya Tëmkin, Warren D. Allmon, Gregory Cooper, T. Ryan Gregory, Stefan Linquist, William Miller III, Mihaela Pavlicev, Andrea Parravicini, Francesco Suman, Alejandro Fabregas Tejeda. Organized by: The Hierarchy Group Venues: […]

Public talks

Evolution: Selfish Genes or Universal Cooperation?

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Life has been evolving on Earth for billions years. Explaining evolution drives scientists towards entities that are far from our everyday experience. We will ask: are organisms vehicles for their genes competing “egoistically” and incessantly with each other to be replicated in future generations? Is there an “Earth system” that maintains equlibrium through the birth, […]

Academic services

Understanding variation beyond the Modern Synthesis

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In 2013 Emanuele Serrelli organized the session “Understanding variation beyond the Modern Synthesis” at the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology Sunday, 7-11 July, Montpellier, France. The session, supported by AppEEL, includes Pablo Razeto-Barry and Davide Vecchi (Instituto de Filosofía y Ciencias de la Complejidad, Santiago, Chile) and Nathalie Gontier […]

Contributions to international conferences

The challenge of tree-thinking and network-thinking

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This talk gives a reflexive outlook on the employment of tree and network thinking to conceptualize and model vertical descent and horizontal transmission of cultural traits. In biology, evolutionary trees are more than tools for researchers across disciplines: they are the main framework within which evidence for evolution is evaluated (Baum et al. 2005). However, […]

Acknowledgements

Guiding extrapolation from model to target

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Monika Piotrowska thanks me in her paper: Piotrowska M (2012). From humanized mice to human disease: guiding extrapolation from model to target. Biology and Philosophy. DOI 10.1007/s10539-012-9323-5. “I would like to thank Matt Haber, Anya Plutynski, Emanuele Serrelli, Mike Wilson, Rasmus Winther, members of the audience at ISHPSSB 2011 in Salt Lake City, and the […]

Acknowledgements

Evolution: Models and Processes

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I am acknowledged by the authors of the very first Italian handbook of evolutionary biology: Ferraguti M, Castellacci C (2011). Evoluzione: Modelli e Processi. Pearson. ISBN 978-88-7192-624-7. See the section “Ringraziamenti e collaboratori” (p. XV).

Saggi (Italian essays)

Cultural Diversity

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The reflection on human cultures delivers more and more a critical and complex vision that makes it difficult to imagine ourselves counting, describe or analytically decompose cultures. Bypassing questions like “what is a culture”, “which and how many cultures are there”, and “how important is each culture”, anthropology and ethnography give scientific form to the […]

Saggi (Italian essays)

Biocultural Diversity

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Biodiversity shapes cultural diversity. Culture shapes the environment. But according to the biocultural paradigm of the “inextricable link”, such bidirectional co-determination in fact prevents the analytical distinction of the two. We must, indeed, talk about a unified type of diversity: biocultural diversity. The field aims to conserve, defend rights of indigenous people, and obtain political […]