Project News

May 16
Why kinship is progeneratively constrained: Extending anthropology

Robert Wilson, a member of the “Transitions in individuality: from ecology to teleonomy” project, recently published “Why kinship is progeneratively constrained: Extending anthropology” in Synthese. The paper “draws on recent cognitive science, developmental cognitive psychology, and the philosophy of science to offer a novel argument for a view of kinship as progeneratively or reproductively constrained.”

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May 12
G protein–coupled receptor kinase 5 regulates thrombin signaling in platelets via PAR-1

Jonathan M. Gibbins, a member of the “Mistakes in living systems: a new conceptual framework” project, contributed to the article “G protein–coupled receptor kinase 5 regulates thrombin signaling in platelets via PAR-1” recently published in Blood Advances. The authors show that “thrombin-mediated activation of human platelets causes binding of GRK5 to PAR-1 and that deletion of the mouse homolog Grk5 enhances thrombin-induced platelet activation sensitivity and increases platelet accumulation at the site of vascular injury.”

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May 10
“Comprehensive matrix of science education with an intercultural approach” seminar on 24 May

The History, Philosophy and Biology Teaching Lab (LEFHBio), associated with the Institute of Biology/ Federal University of Bahia and the National Institute of Science and Technology in Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Studies in Ecology and Evolution (INCT IN-TREE), Brazil, will continue its seminar cycle on May 24th 2022 with the talk by Dra. Adela Molina, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas (Colombia), entitled “Comprehensive matrix of science education with an intercultural approach”.

The previous seminar in this series (by Kostas Kampourakis: Students’ “teleological misconceptions” in evolution education: why the underlying design stance, not teleology per se, is the problem) is available on the LEFHBio YouTube channel.

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May 9
Dynamic changes in begging signal short-term information on hunger and need

Renée Duckworth, a member of the project's Scientific Board of Advisors, recently co-authored “Dynamic Changes in Begging Signal Short-Term Information on Hunger and Need” in The American Naturalist. The authors write that their results “show the importance of assessing the timescale of signal change to understand its function.”

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May 5
Inherency and agency in the origin and evolution of biological functions

Stuart Newman’s latest pre-print, “Inherency and agency in the origin and evolution of biological functions,” is now available online in the PhilSci-Archive. He writes, “I review work showing that organisms like the placozoans can thrive with almost no functional embellishments beyond those of their constituent cells and physical properties of their simple tissues. I also discuss work showing that individual tissue cells and their artificial aggregates exhibit agential behaviours that are unprecedented in the histories of their respective lineages.” Professor Newman is PI of the “Cellular agency in multicellular development and cancer” project.

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