Theoretical biologist, associate professor, director of the Center for the Philosophy of Nature and Science Studies at the Faculty of Science (CPNSS), University of Copenhagen. I am a member of a philosophy of science group at the Department of Science Education (IND), organizer of a continuing seminar in science studies (SiV) at the Niels Bohr Institute, and part of the group blog University Politics - universities as a public good.
Danish Homepage here.
CPNSS, Niels Bohr Institute, Blegdamsvej 17, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
Email address (here). Phone: +45 35 32 53 47 Fax: +45 35 32 50 16. Web: http://www.nbi.dk/~emmeche/
Research interests (and a few related links):
The moving target of my research is indicated by these keywords: General philosophy of science, especially biology (I have done work on emergence and levels of organization in biosystems, and on the philosophy artificial life); Biosemiotics (a wildly growing field I desperately try to follow, see links below) as an alternative philosophy of nature; and Science Studies.
Regarding science studies my focus has increasingly been the institutional framework of research: In recent years the Danish university system has changed radically towards a more entrepreneurial and managerial regime (like in many other countries), with consequences for academic freedom and the traditional ways of securing quality and independence of research. I am interested in the consequences of this shift, not only for academic freedom, but for the whole institutional setting of public, governmental and private research. (A spin-off project is the blog "University Politics - universities as a public good").
As this is a huge subject, I have recently chosen "science studies of academic dismissals" as a sub-speciality, with Denmark as a case of a nation who had never known genuine tenure at the university, but where one now experiences a decrease of the little employment security there was.
- Philosophy of biology and general philosophy of science
Theoretical biology (morphogenesis and evolution, developmental systems, complex systems)
- People and research groups within theoretical biology and philosophy of biology.
- A virtual library maintained by the Society for Developmental Biology.
- Bioinformatics and the Theory of Molecular Machines (by Tom Schneider et al.. On this site also stuff on Molecular Computation; Information theory in Molecular Biology, etc.).
- IAS/Part City Mathematics Institure (PCMI - 2005), June 26 - July 16, 2005: Summer school on Mathematical Biology.
- The European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology - ECMTB05 (Dresden University of Technology, Germany, July 18-22, 2005).
- Google Directory's Theoretical Biology page.
- Complex biosystems can be studied by nonlinear modeling techniques; see, e.g., the Encyclopedia of Nonlinear Science edited by Alwyn Scott.
- See the The San Sebastian group of philosophy of biology and theoretical biology, and the Animal Cognition Group, University of Vienna.
- Or take a look at the work of Stuart A. Kauffman, Brian Goodwin, and Lynn Margulis.
- Journals: Journal of Theoretical Biology, BioSystems, and others, see the list with links here.
- Dansk Selskab for Teoretisk Biologi (home page for a Danish Society for Theoretical Biology).
Philosophy of nature, ontology, metaphysics, theories of world pictures
- Many possible links could be given, suggestions are welcome. Stephen C. Pepper (1891-1972) represents an attempt to do systematic study of "world hypotheses".
- John McCrone's pages envisioning an organicist logic for complex systems.
- An online journal, Cosmos and History.
- A Process Philosophy page, organized by Johanna Seibt.
- The Radical Constructivism web site.
- In the evolution/creationism debate talkorigins is a major pro-evolution source; links to many (also pro-)creationism sites.
- H-Nilas, for people interested in relationships between human beings and Nature through the mediation of stories, poems, legends, and pictures; totemic literature.
- Pre-modern conceptions of life, death, and the cosmos are still with us; one place to look is shamanism, see this site for Shamanic Studies.
List of English publications. List of Danish publications.
See also our electronic newsletter HUGIN and MUNIN about activities within the history, sociology and philosophy of science in Denmark.
We have identifed the "siberian world picture", but you may help to provide further interpretation!
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