Darwin's Birthday Debate
A brief history of the Darwin's Birthday Debates organised by CEE. Thanks to Jim Mallet and Sandra Knapp for compiling.
|1809||Charles Robert Darwin born 12 February|
|1992||The "London Evolution Group", forerunner of the CEE, founded. Evolutionary biologists were felt to be scattered across the London area, and should get to know each other better. And have more parties.|
|1993||We had a Darwin's Birthday Party at our house.|
|About here, the Evolution Special Interest Group of the Linnean Society is founded.|
|1994||Derek Briggs & Simon Conway Morris on "Evolution in the Cambrian: Biology's big Bang? Or just a damp squib?" Linnean Society of London, Piccadilly. Both agree that Steven Jay Gould misinterpreted their work.|
|About here, the CEE is founded. Originally to keep Robin Dunbar from leaving UCL for Liverpool. Robin Dunbar goes to Liverpool anyway, money remains; Linda Partridge arrives, becomes director of the CEE.|
|1995||John Maynard Smith & Stuart Kauffman on "Is life at the edge of chaos?" Linnean Society of London, Piccadilly. Friendly disagreement. John Maddox, the editor of Nature, writes leading article "Polite Row about Models...". The Santa Fé Institute also has a write-up about this, "The Great Complexity Debate".|
|1996||Russ Lande & Steve O'Brien on: "Conservation genetics: is it useful?" Linnean Society of London, Piccadilly. Speakers disagree|
|1997||Mild problems with The Linnean Society of London, Piccadilly, and anyway we couldn't think of a subject. We just had a party at our house.|
|1998||Jim Lake & Tom Cavalier Smith: "The Tree of Life." First DBP to be held at the Natural History Museum.|
|1999||Jim Patton & Steve Hubbell: "Why are there so many species in the tropics?" Natural History Museum. Steve Hubbell later (2001) publishes "The Unified Neutral Theory of Biodiversity and Biogeography. Princeton University Press.|
|2000||Peter Holland & Enrico Coen: "Evolution and Development." Natural History Museum.|
|2001||Michael Foote & Blair Hedges: "The Phylogenetic Fuse." Natural History Museum. Organised by Mike Coates and Sandra Knapp. Over supper, Blair Hedges is hit on the head with a toy hammer by supporter of Michael Foote.|
|2002||Camille Parmesan & Brian Huntley. "Evolution and Ecology of Climate Change: Past, Present and Future." Natural History Museum.|
|2003||Chris Stringer and Mark Stoneking. "Origin of our species." Natural History Museum|
|2004||Nick Barton and Mohamed Noor. "Species and the origins of biodiversity." Natural History Museum.|
|2005||Michael Lynch and Michael Ashburner. "Evolution: the genomic view." Natural History Museum.|
|2006||Geoff West and Sean Nee. "Do general laws explain ecology and evolution?" Natural History Museum.|
|2007||Jeremy Jackson and Steve Palumbi. "The past, present and future of evolution under the sea" Natural History Museum.|
|2008||David Stern and Brian Charlesworth. "Natura non facit saltum. Or does it?" Natural History Museum.|
|2009||Rob Barton & Robin Dunbar “Organs of extreme perfection and complication: how brains evolved” Natural History Museum.|
|2010||Sandy Knapp (standing in for Georgina Mace) & Bill Adams “Biodiversity 2010: are we locked on target?” Natural History Museum.|
|2011||Gavin Naylor & Janine Caira “Do hosts determine the distribution of parasites in the oceans?” Natural History Museum.|
|2012||David Gems & Daryl Shanley “How aging evolves” Natural History Museum.|
|2013||Detlev Arendt & Hervé Philippe “ 25 years since Field et al. – will the real Urbilateria please stand up?” Natural History Museum.|
Laurent Lohmann & David Haig “rb>c@50 – the golden anniversary of Hamilton’s rule” Natural History Museum – held on Darwin’s actual birthday!!
This talk will present the key steps to derive the rb-c>0 rule and discuss the two results obtained by Hamilton in his 1964 paper: (1) an equation describing allele frequency change under natural selection expressed in terms of phenotypic cost and benefit and a genealogical concept of relatedness; and (2) a result about the maximization of inclusive fitness. The first result has been extended to all conditions and provides the rule that rules them all. The second result applies only under narrow conditions and points to a mismatch between Hamilton's aim for inclusive fitness and what has been proved over the last 50 years.
David Haig (Harvard University, USA) - All-inclusive fitness: the enduring legacy of W. D. Hamilton
W. D. Hamilton’s concept of inclusive fitness revolutionized the way we think about social interactions. Individuals were shown to have an interest in each other’s well-being to the extent that they shared common genes. His insights have had unexpected medical applications to understanding conflicts within genomes between genes inherited from fathers and genes inherited from mothers and to understanding how sibling rivalry can be expressed in the mother’s womb during the early stages of pregnancy.
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