Research Products

Our group creates a wide variety of research products, including academic books and papers, materials for public audiences, and our blog. We also give talks to groups of specialists and the public, worldwide, and produce widely used open-source software. Check it all out below, as well as some metrics measuring our work’s impact.

Books and Edited Collections

Under contract. Causes and Probability in Evolution [working title]. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Ramsey, G. & Pence, C.H., eds. . Chance in Evolution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 978-0-226-40188-1

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Articles and book chapters
Forthcoming (under contract). “How Not to Fight About Theory: The Debate Between Biometry and Mendelism in Nature, 1890–1915.” In The Dynamics of Science: Computational Frontiers in History and Philosophy of Science, Ramsey, G. & De Block, A., eds. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
& Forthcoming. “How to Do Digital Philosophy of Science.” Philosophy of Science.
& . “The Economy of Nature: The Structure of Evolution in Linnaeus, Darwin, and Toward the Extended Synthesis.” European Journal for Philosophy of Science.
, , , , , , , & . Cognitive Phenotypes and the Evolution of Animal Decisions.” Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31(11):850859.
& . “Chance in Evolution from Darwin to Contemporary Biology.” In Chance in Evolution, Ramsey, G. & Pence, C.H., eds. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 111.
& . evoText: A New Tool for Analyzing the Biological Sciences.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 57:8387.
, & . MTBindingSim: Simulate Protein Binding to Microtubules.” Bioinformatics 28(3):441443.
. Nietzsche’s Aesthetic Critique of Darwin.” History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 33(2):165190.
Book reviews
. The Many Chances of Charles Darwin [Essay Review].” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 53:107110.
, , , and . A Path to Success? A Review of Evolution, Development, and the Predictable Genome by David L. Stern.” Evolution and Development 15(1):8082.
, , , , and . [Review of] On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction.” The Quarterly Review of Biology 86(2):137138.
, , , , , and . [Review of] Elliott Sober: Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards? Philosophical Essays on Darwin’s Theory.” Philosophy of Science 78(4):705709.
, , , and . [Review of] Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection.” The Quarterly Review of Biology 85(4):499500.

Preprints

In preparation. Putting Process and Product Conceptions of Natural Selection and Genetic Drift to the Test.

Talks

Upcoming engagements
  • “Chance, Statistics, and Experiment in Early Evolutionary Biology,” History of the Philosophy of Science (HOPOS) 2018, Groningen, Netherlands, July 9–12, 2018

I’m always interested in talking about my work to any audiences who would like to hear about it. Send me an email and I’d love to set something up.

Previous talks

C'mon, Neil! Why Good Philosophy of Science is Part of Good Science Teaching and Science

National Science Teachers Association Regional Meeting, 2017 | Conference Date: November 30–December 2, 2017 | Talk Date: December 2, 2017, 8:00am

Darwin and Evolution: Using Historical Critiques and Responses to Address Student Misunderstandings

National Science Teachers Association Regional Meeting, 2017 | Conference Date: November 30–December 2, 2017 | Talk Date: December 1, 2017, 9:30am

Archives to Networks and Back Again (keynote)

THATCamp HSS 2017 | Talk Date: November 12, 2017, 12:00pm

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Syntheses that Weren’t: W.F.R. Weldon on Chromosomes

ISHPSSB 2017 | Conference Date: July 16–21, 2017 | Talk Date: July 18, 2017, 9:00am

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Theories Under Stress: The Evolution of Early Genetics

University of Leeds HPS Centre Seminar | Talk Date: May 24, 2017, 3:15pm

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Theories Under Stress: The Evolution of Early Genetics

University College London | Talk Date: May 17, 2017, 5:00pm

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What Role for Fitness?

Deep South Philosophy of Biology, University of Alabama Birmingham | Conference Date: March 31–April 1, 2017 | Talk Date: April 1, 2017, 8:45am

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Evolution and Chance

Darwin Day, Stephen F. Austin State University | Talk Date: February 10, 2017, 12:00pm

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Fitness and Prediction in Evolutionary Theory

London School of Economics | Talk Date: January 25, 2017, 5:00pm

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evoText and Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Science Association 2016 | Conference Date: November 3–5, 2016 | Talk Date: November 4, 2016, 1:30pm

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Charles Darwin and Sir John F.W. Herschel

CLMPS 2015 | Conference Date: August 3–8, 2015 | Talk Date: August 7, 2015, 6:30pm

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Prediction, Optimization, Chaos: The Role of Fitness

ISHPSSB 2015 | Conference Date: July 5–10, 2015 | Talk Date: July 6, 2015, 9:00am

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evoText: A New Text Analysis Tool for the History and Philosophy of Biology

American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, 2015 | Conference Date: April 1–4, 2015 | Talk Date: April 4, 2015, 1:00pm

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Is Organismic Fitness at the Basis of Evolutionary Theory?

Philosophy of Science Association 2014 | Conference Date: November 6–9, 2014 | Talk Date: November 7, 2014, 1:30pm
Later published as “Is Organismic Fitness at the Basis of Evolutionary Theory?”

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Background: Attribution & Repression (in Cyberwarfare)

Cyberwarfare, Ethics, and International Humanitarian Law, International Committee of the Red Cross | Conference Date: May 21–22, 2014 | Talk Date: May 21, 2014, 2:00pm

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Models, Probability, and the Deep Past

Models and Simulations 6 | Conference Date: May 9–11, 2014 | Talk Date: May 10, 2014, 2:30pm

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Coming to Terms with Chance in Evolution

Louisiana State University | Talk Date: February 3, 2014, 11:00am

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RLetters

NESCent Lunch Talk | Talk Date: December 5, 2013, 12:00pm

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Putting Process and Product Conceptions of Natural Selection and Genetic Drift to the Test

European Philosohy of Science Association 2013 | Conference Date: August 28–31, 2013 | Talk Date: August 30, 2013, 9:30am

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Putting Process and Product Conceptions of Natural Selection and Genetic Drift to the Test

ISHPSSB 2013 | Conference Date: July 7–12, 2013 | Talk Date: July 12, 2013, 9:00am

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It’s Okay to Call Genetic Drift a ‘Force’

American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, 2012 | Conference Date: December 27–30, 2012 | Talk Date: December 29, 2012, 9:00am
Later published as “Is Genetic Drift a Force?”

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It’s Okay to Call Genetic Drift a ‘Force’

Philosophy of Science Association 2012 | Conference Date: November 15–17, 2012 | Talk Date: November 15, 2012, 2:00pm
Later published as “Is Genetic Drift a Force?”

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Oyun: Prisoner’s Dilemma Tournaments in the Philosophy of Science

American Association of Philosophy Teachers 19th Biennial Workshop/Conference | Conference Date: July 25–29, 2012 | Talk Date: July 27, 2012, 10:45am
Later published as “Oyun: A New, Free Program for Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma Tournaments in the Classroom.”

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The Early History of Chance in Evolution: Causal and Statistical in the 1890s

History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS) 2012 | Conference Date: June 21–24, 2012 | Talk Date: June 22, 2012, 2:15pm
Later published as “The Early History of Chance in Evolution.”

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Software Demo: RLetters

Digital Humanities Summer Institute | Conference Date: June 3–10, 2012 | Talk Date: June 6, 2012, 8am

Academia.edu

Four Conflated ‘Chance’-Like Concepts in Evolutionary Theory

Indiana Philosophical Association | Conference Date: April 20–21, 2012 | Talk Date: April 21, 2012, 2pm

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Biology Meets Metaphysics? The Causalist/Statisticalist Debate

PhiloSTEM-3 | Conference Date: April 13–14, 2012 | Talk Date: April 14, 2012, 1pm

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The Early History of Chance in Evolution

Integrated History and Philosophy of Science (&HPS4) | Conference Date: March 15–18, 2012 | Talk Date: March 17, 2012, 11am
Later published as “The Early History of Chance in Evolution.”

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evoText: Digital Humanities Meets Evolutionary Biology

Notre Dame Graduate Research Symposium (received two awards) | Conference Date: 24th February 2012, 2pm–5pm

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The Conflation of “Chance” in Evolution

ISHPSSB 2011 | Conference Date: July 10–15, 2011 | Talk Date: July 11, 2011, 11am

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The Statistical Philosophy of W.F.R. Weldon

ISHPSSB 2009 | Conference Date: July 12–16, 2009 | Talk Date: July 13, 2009
Later published as “‘Describing Our Whole Experience’: The Statistical Philosophies of W.F.R. Weldon and Karl Pearson.”

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Outreach

Don’t forget to check out the blog!

Public talks
Media coverage

Code

RLetters — A web application for text mining on a collection of journal articles   GitHub Travis CI RubyDoc

Oyun — An evolutionary game-theory simulator   GitHub Travis CI

Arcus — A relativistic ray-tracer   GitHub

AFormula — A mathematical formula evaluation library   GitHub

MTBindingSim — Plot polymer binding curves   GitHub

StickyFlag — Tag your files, search by tags (works on PDF, MMD, PNG, etc.)   GitHub Travis CI RubyDoc

get_comments — Extract comments from Word and PDF documents (e.g., for grading)   GitHub

Research Metrics

Repositories: Academia.edu | ResearchGate | PhilSci-Archive | PhilPapers | SlideShare | Google Scholar Google Scholar: 88 citations; h-index of 5 (as of April 19, 2018) Scopus: 30 citations; h-index of 3 (as of April 19, 2018) ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6836-6047 Peer review: Publons