We talk to Professor Ute Deichmann, Director of the Jacques Loeb Center for the History and Philosophy of Life Sciences at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, about the history of science
In this conversation, we explore a wide range of ideas found in her prolific opus.
When it comes to a widespread understanding of life on Earth, scientific and popular media tend to focus on concepts thought to have been invented by Darwin. Namely, the idea of species change and its mechanism, visual evolution that is regularly explored in contemporary science fiction.
However, despite reversing his theory of evolution by natural selection with the idea of immutable species, Darwin was not the first to bring this idea to the fore.
Here, Professor Deichmann explains how the idea of organic evolution was discussed “long before Darwin” – especially in the neglected necessity of species persistence during geological times.
Professor Deichmann goes on to say: “The most successful model for describing and causally explaining early animal development is Eric Davidson’s model of a hierarchical development network of gene regulators (GRNs).”
It paints an intricate and well-proven picture of the history of science, especially when observing evolution over time.
Observing the separation of ideology from scientific truth and principle, Professor Deichmann also examined the role of scientists at the height of Nazi Germany. Did you know that the purge of Jewish scholars and scholars in 1933 had far-reaching consequences for all disciplines?
About 25% of academic chemists and 33% of biochemists and mathematicians were forced to leave their positions.
Sir Richard Gregory, former editor of the journal Nature, was one of many who pointed out the dangers of conducting science based on principles different from scientific ones: Germany is losing its soul in order to conquer the world. “
To learn more about the evolutionary and ideological history of science, look no further.