Saturday, April 29, 2006

Cornell Summer Session Evolution Courses

Several people have emailed me requesting information on the Cornell summer seminar on design and purpose in nature. In particular, there seems to be some confusion about the course title and description as it is listed in the online course catalog for the Cornell Summer Session. Here is a link to the page in which the course listing can be found (scroll down to Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/E&EB):

Evolution & Design: Is There Purpose in Nature?

and here is a link to the actual course description:

Course Description

As you can see, the course description in the online catalog is very brief and pretty generic, and the course title ("Seminar in History of Biology") doesn't mention design or purpose. Fear not! This is the correct course listing for the now somewhat notorious "design/purpose in nature seminar."

And, of course, please consider taking my introductory evolution course as well! We will be covering some of the same topics, and will take a historical and philosophical approach to the science of evolution. The class is generally small enough so that there is plenty of interaction between students and instructors (I usually have a couple of graduate student TAs), and we learn a lot about evolution and its implications (and have fun doing it).

There will also be a "course blog", which will be announced on this website soon. Watch this space!


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At 5/04/2006 07:15:00 AM, Blogger IndianCowboy said...

Scarily enough, I mentioned BioEE 467 in a blog post today and linked to your blog. Guess what I see at the top? Weirdness.

Anyway, here's my endorsement of the course:

Back in the summer of 2003, I became infatuated with the confluence of philosophy and biology. This happened courtesy of a random course selection. Seminar in the History of Biology taught by Dr. Allen MacNeill.(snip) The course material, and Allen, quite literally changed my life in the most amazing way. He showed all of us just how deep evolutionary thinking can take us. I can’t thank him enough for that.

and the full post link:


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