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18.10.2009 07:59, Peter Clausen from USA E-mail Homepage :
You are using my orchid mantis photos without permission. As much as I may support what you are doing, you have not asked to use it. It is located in the mimicry section on the following link on your website:

http://home.planet.nl/~gkortho f/korthof59.htm

Unfortunatly, for me, your site is the primary reference for this photo as listed on the images directory of the google search engine. This is unfair to me since I took that photo in 2001 and posted it on my site. I would appreciate it if you would make the photo a clickable link to my website at the very least.

Sincerely,

Peter Clausen
BugsInCyberspace.com

10.10.2009 23:04, Eric Sherman E-mail :
Hello Gert,

I have always appreciated your website! I especially appreciate your ambition to promote an Extended Evolutionary Synthesis.

I would really love to see you review West-Eberhard's, Developmental Plasticity and Evolution and add her more of her to your site. I know that is a tall order, but I think her book/work is indispensable towards the effort of promoting an Extended/Third Evolutionary Synthesis.

Keep up the fantastic work!

Best,
Eric Sherman

08.09.2009 10:16, gert korthof :
Thanks Daniel for your feedback. I will have a look at the font.

07.09.2009 19:18, Daniel :
Dear Mr Korthof,
Interesting reviews, but very unpleasant to read. Please, use some normal, i.e. easily readable, font (e.g. arial or something similar). If you use a 'comic' font, it does not mean it is automatically going to be funny.



30.08.2009 08:57, Henry Norman from Tagaytay City, Philippines E-mail Homepage :
Hello Gert!

I would very much appreciate your comments to some stuff I wrote about "Cumulative Selection". You my download a zip archive from my online folders, at

http://www.box.net/shared/0jh9 s1spgy

With many thanks in advance,

Henry Norman
Independent Researcher
Tagaytay City, Philippines

04.08.2009 19:19, Herman Heus E-mail :
Dag Gert,

En ja, snel gevonden via google. Je zult me nog wel herinneren... Ede....
Was grote fan van je bijzondere moeder...
Goed te lezen dat je je leven wetenschappelijk vorm hebt gegeven.
Mijn hartelijke groet,
Herman Heus

24.07.2009 12:01, Darshi E-mail :
Dear Gert
I am sorry that I didn't reply you earlier. As I later thought the subject area is not directly relevant to your website. And thus forgive me asking about reviews. But since you asked about the book, I will tell you about it.

It is about religion and it also talks about a proposal from the early twentieth century on the origin of religion which does not agree with the currently popular Darwinian interpretation. My objective was to emphasise the significance of SJ Gould's concept of 'NOMA' (Title of the book is 'The lure of NOMA: On the Elegance of Religion). I wanted to show that the truth may have many sides and we should not try to destroy religion ,taking it for a delusion, for the sake of science. Both are unique human inventions. Evolution itself might have taken a different course.

I used your website to look for new books on Darwinism and anti-Darwinism . As far as I know, you, in your site, have the most balanced spread of information on Darwinist and anti-Darwinist Ideas. This is especially significant as you are a Darwinist.

Thanks for doing the site.

Kind Regards
Darshi

01.07.2009 19:46, Wolfgang Roosch from Göteborg, Sweden E-mail :
Thanks Gert, for digging up this very fitting qoute from Darwin himself. He throws the ball right back into the court of semantics, an area I am (slightly) more familiar with than the natural sciences. He sees right through the issue, but I really have to think for a while on his statement that "with a little familiarity such superficial objections will be forgotten". It seems a bit like he is sensing a troublesome inadequacy and trying to disarm it by labelling it superficial. Entirely understandable, but it doesn't mean that future generations of scientists have to adhere to the original terminology. It does happen that along with scientific progress the terminology is updated or changed.


01.07.2009 11:11, Wolfgang Roosch from Göteborg, Sweden E-mail :
Thanks Gert, for digging up this very fitting qoute from Darwin himself. He throws the ball right back into the court of semantics, an area I am (slightly) more familiar with than the natural sciences. He sees right through the issue, but I really have to think for a while on his statement that "with a little familiarity such superficial objections will be forgotten". It seems a bit like he is sensing a troublesome inadequacy and trying to disarm it by labelling it superficial. Entirely understandable, but it doesn't mean that future generations of scientists have to adhere to the original terminology. It does happen that along with scientific progress the terminology is updated or changed.


29.06.2009 14:45, gert korthof Homepage :
Hello Wolfgang,
You are right that these concepts can be misunderstood. Darwin knew that. This is what Darwin wrote:

"Other have objected that the term selection implies conscious choice in the animals which become modified; and it has even been urged that, as plants have no volition, natural selection is not applicable to them! In the literal sense of the word, no doubt, natural selection is a false term; but who ever objected to chemists speaking of the elective affinities of the various elements? - and yet an acid cannot strictly be said to elect the base with which it in preference combines. It has been said that I speak of natural selection as an active power or Deity; but who objects to an author speaking of the attraction of gravity as ruling the motions of the planets? Every one knows what is meant and is implied by such metaphorical expressions; and they are almost necessary for brevity. So again it is difficult to avoid personifying the word Nature; but I mean by Nature, only the aggregate action and product of many natural laws, and by laws the sequence of events as ascertained by us. With a little familiarity such superficial objections will be forgotten."
(Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, The Modern Library, 1998, p109)

If you would have a look at evolution textbooks (fe Glossary) you will find technical definitions of concepts 'natural selection', 'fitness', 'adaptation'. So that is the solution: make a technical definition, write it in the textbooks and teach it to the students.
Furthermore, the concept 'natural selection' is opposed to 'artificial selection', the two belong together. If you delete one, what to do with the other?

Gert Korthof

28.06.2009 21:06, Wolfgang Roosch from Göteborg, Sweden E-mail :
Hello Gert:
It has been a while I visited your domain and followed the discussions.
As an interested layman I have nevertheless been thoroughly bothered by the established terminology used within evolutionary science. The issue here is not the validity of the theory (and its variants), but merely the coined and used terminology.
For example: the term ”selection” implies a conscious choice based on an equally conscious value judgement. Thus ”natural selection” is a grave misnomer for the observed phenomenon. This and other misnomers have been costly to evolutionary science: Careless liguistics continue to veil the true nature of the evolutionary engine for a great number of people. Social Darwinism builds largely on a literal understanding of misleading terms. I suspect also that a change in terminology will rather clarify and sharpen the clash with ”creationism” (which I personally would welcome!)
Instead of ”natural selection” one should use a term that implies the unguidedness of the evolutionary process, e.g. ”natural persistance” or ”natural continuance”, maybe ”niche remainder”. None of these suggestions seem satisfactory, but they can maybe serve to point out the problem. At any rate, all terms that even just mildly suggest a value judgment like ”survival”, ”fit-unfit”, ”adaptation” etc. are counterproductive and misrepresent the observed phenomena. I am almost sure that even many practioners in the field would agree on that, while probably underestimating the consequences of the semantic problem at the same time.
Do you know of any publications that address the topic of terminology from a strict ”evolutionist” angle? I’d be thankful for tips!
Greetings from Zweden to Nederland
Wolfgang Roosch


27.06.2009 10:30, gert korthof Homepage :
Thanks Ben.

The title has been added to the Introduction page of the website
http://home.planet.nl/~gkorthof/korthof.htm

Gert Korthof

26.06.2009 21:48, Ben Roberts E-mail :
You may wish to add Carl Zimmer's latest book to your site: The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution.

05.06.2009 12:43, gert korthof :
Vincent, Ik heb jouw kommentaar naar evolutie.blog.com gekopieerd omdat dat een nederlandstalig blog is.
Gert


05.06.2009 12:27, Vincent Kemme from Regio Brussel E-mail Homepage :
Dag Gert,
Ik ken u alleen van uw blog, die mij zeer interesseert, maar die ik nog lang niet genoeg bestudeerd heb. Ik ben bioloog van de Univ. van Utrecht ('77-'85), heb onder Gerdien de Jong nog gestudeerd (kandidaatcursus populatie- en evolutiebiologie) en als eerstgraads docent biologie afgestudeerd. Tijdens mijn studie ben ik van een agnost van katholieke huize een gelovig en geëngageerd katholiek christen geworden, door een aantal gebeurtenissen. Daarna heb ik mij verdiept in de theologie en wat filosofie, om een synthedse te bereiken in mijn hoofd tussen mijn geloof en mijn biologische inzichten. Ik heb lesgegeven in een privé-school in Tilburg en aan de Europese Scholen te Brussel. Nu ben ik begonnen met een blog, biofides.eu, die ik hier heb vermeld. Mijn insteek is de confrontatie geloof en biowetenschappen. Ben onlangs in Rome naar het congres Biological Evolution geweest, georganiseerd door het Vaticaan, de pauselijke universiteit Gregoriana en de Notre Dame University, Indiana, USA. Nu verzorg ik met een Vlaamse vriend vijf radiouitzendingen over de evolutietheorie op Radio Maria, een nieuwe katholieke radiozender op de middengolf AM675: maandag 8 en 15 juni om 11 uur is het aan mij. De tekst kan je op de website radiomaria.nl downloaden (bij 'programmering'). Ben geïnteresseerd in je opmerkingen en eventueel nader contact. Met vriendelijke groet, Vincent Kemme.

03.04.2009 10:33, gert korthof :
Dear Darshi ,

thank you for visiting my site.
I cannot accept automatically books for review due to time restrictions. Reading and reviewing a book takes time. There is no staff at this site which can handle review requests. This site is run only by myself. Furthermore, I am no expert on a thousands subjects.

Having said that, you made me curious about your book and about yourself. So, why not tell something about yourself and your book?

Gert Korthof

02.04.2009 09:53, Darshi Arachige E-mail :
PRIVATE:
Dear Gert
I am a frequent visitor to your site and I like your scholarly and impartial reviews. That said could I ask you how someone can submit a book of this genre for review? Do you accept self-published books at all?

Kind Regards
Darshi

23.03.2009 13:24, Curt Fischer E-mail :
Great site! I plan on visiting regularly in the near future to get ideas on what books to read. You might be interesting in reviewing <a href="http://www.amazon.c om/Echoes-Life-Fossil-Molecule s-History/dp/0195176197"& gt;"Echoes of Life"</a>, a new book about the impact of "biomarkers" or molecular fossils on the study of life, evolution, and geobiology.

23.03.2009 12:25, gert korthof Homepage :
Beste Agaath Arends,
ik heb vandaag een plaatje op
evolutie.blog.com
Is dat wat U zoekt?
met vriendelijke groeten,
Gert Korthof

PS: ik neem aan dat het plaatje auteursrechten heeft.


23.03.2009 08:27, Agaath Arends E-mail :
Geachte mijnheer Korthof, Ik ben op zoek naar een tree of life waarin naast de "afstamming" ook de onderlinge relaties tussen organismen (bacteriën, virussen, parasieten, planten, dieren) tot uiting komen. Dus niet een boom met steeds verder uiteenlopende takken, maar ook parallel lopende en vergroeiende takken. Bestaat iets dergelijks of moet ik het zelf maken? Ik ben bioloog en bezig met mijn tweede boek, het vervolg op Het land (Zwerk, 2008). Misschien kunt u mij wat verder helpen? Bij voorbaat dank en vriendelijke groeten, Agaath Arends



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