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The roles, reasons and restrictions of science blogs.
  • J. Wilkins
  • Education
    Trends in ecology & evolution
  • 1 August 2008
Self-mutilation in female remanded prisoners: ii. a cluster analytic approach towards identification of a behavioural syndrome
Cluster analysis of phenomenological variables and the associated symptom profile of self-mutilation in 74 female prisoners identified a subgroup with a disorder of mood who injured themselves as a
How to be a chaste species pluralist-realist: the origins of species modes and the synapomorphic species concept
  • J. Wilkins
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • 1 November 2003
It is argued that it is useful to treat the various ways of being a species (species modes) as traits of clades, and to understand that the plurality of species concepts reflects the biological realities of monophyletic groups.
When do evolutionary explanations of belief debunk belief
Ever since Darwin people have worried about the sceptical implications of evolution. If our minds are products of evolution like those of other animals, why suppose that the beliefs they produce are
Philosophically speaking, how many species concepts are there?
  • J. Wilkins
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • 15 February 2011
I counted 26 species concepts in play since the Modern Synthesis (2009a), and a new one, which I call the “polyphasic” concept, has been implicitly extended from bacterial and other microbial contexts to macrobial species.
An essay towards a real character, and a philosophical language, 1668
John Wilkins, Bishop of Chester (1614-72), was a founding member of the Royal Society and one of the most influential thinkers of the 17th century. His masterpiece, "An Essay Towards a Real Character
The nature of classification : relationships and kinds in the natural sciences
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Nature of Science 2. Nature and Classification 3. Scientific Classification 4. Homology and Analogy 5. Monsters and Misclassifications 6. Observation, Theory and
What is a species? Essences and generation
  • J. Wilkins
  • Philosophy
    Theory in Biosciences
  • 4 June 2010
The collapse of the narrative about essences in biology is examined, finding that an intrinsic biological essentialism does not commit us to Aristotelian notions, nor even modern notions, of essence.
Species: the evolution of the idea
Over time the complex idea of "species" has evolved, yet its meaning is far from resolved. This comprehensive work is a fresh look at an idea central to the field of biology by tracing its history