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Date:  Wed, 7 Oct 1998 15:15:39 +-100
   From:  W3odzimierz £ugowski <[log in to unmask]>

 New book by members:
          UROBOROS, OR BIOLOGY BETWEEN MYTHOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY

                          Edited by
      WLODZIMIERZ LUGOWSKI (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of
      the Polish Academy of Sciences) and KOICHIRO MATSUNO (Dept. of
      BioEngineering, Nagaoka University of Technology)

         Wroc’aw 1998 Arboretum
         ISBN 83-86308-27-3
         Paperback. 320 pp. $ 20.00

         The  scope  of  the  volume   are   the   ontological   and
      methodological  problems  of contemporary life sciences viewed
      from the non-positivist perspective, with special attention to
      the philosophical  foundations  of  contemporary  theories
of
      prebiological and biological evolution.
         Among  the  authors are philosophers and eminent scientists
      from several continents.

  Contents
            Part I. BIOLOGY BETWEEN MYTHOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY

      WLODZIMIERZ LUGOWSKI (Warsaw), In venenoso Dracone summam
      medicinam inesse, or on the philosophy and mythology of biology

      STANLEY N. SALTHE (New York), Science as the basis of a new
      mythological understanding

      GERHARD VOLLMER (Braunschweig), The limits of biology

      TEOMAN DURALI (Istanbul), Philosophy-Science from the
      biotic standpoint

      DAIL W. MULLINS (Birmingham), The mythology of Western
      scientific materialism and the rise of the evolutionary
epic

             Part II. THE PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE'S ORIGIN

      HARMKE KAMMINGA (Cambridge), Theory construction in biology.
      The case of the origin of life

      KOICHIRO MATSUNO (Nagaoka), The uncertainty principle and
      the origins of life: an odd couple

      GAIL R. FLEISCHAKER (Boston), The myth of the putative
      'first organism'

      ANTHONIE W.J. MULLER (Amsterdam/Edinburgh), Thermosynthesis:
      where biology meets thermodynamics

      STANLEY N. SALTHE (New York), Formal considerations on
      the origin of life

            Part III. EVOLUTIONARY THEORY AND METATHEORY

      FRANZ R. KRUEGER (Darmstadt), Between metaphysics and meta-
      biology. The concept of information in evolutionary metatheory

      PAWEœ GRIEB (Warsaw), Evolution as a means of existence
      of living matter

      JORGE GONZALEZ-GONZALEZ (Mexico), Transformed and altered
      processes. Foundations for a process-based theory of
      biological knowledge

      JUAN MANUEL TORRES (Bahia Blanca), On prediction in biology
      and evolutionary theory

      KRZYSZTOF œASTOWSKI (Poznan), On the origins of
sociobiology

            Part IV. UNDERSTANDING COMPLEXITY

      YUKIO GUNJI, MASAO MIGITA, SHIN'ICHI TOYODA (Kobe), From state-
      to measurement-oriented theory. Degeneracy of a proper noun

      SAHOTRA SARKAR (Montreal), Reductionism and functional
      explanation in molecular biology

      GERTRUDIS VAN DE VIJVER (Gent), Internalism versus externalism:
      a matter of choice?

      JOSE C. B. TIAGO DE OLIVEIRA (Lisbon), The geometries of three
      ancient kingdoms

      WœODZIMIERZ KLONOWSKI (Warsaw/Halifax), Omnis felicitas ex
      felicitate: physicalistic concept of happiness

      This book can be ordered directly from the publishers;
      remit check or money order for 20 USD to:

      Oficyna Wydawnicza Arboretum - Arboretum Publishing House
      ˜wi‘tokrzyska 34/16, 50-327 Wroc’aw,
Poland

         Editorial offices: phone: (48-71) 327 83 32
         Sales department: phone: (48-601) 79 51 34

      Bank account: 10601682-077796-27000-460101
      Bank Przemys’owo-Handlowy S.A., II Oddzia’, Wroc’aw


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Date:  Thu, 08 Oct 1998 21:09:11 -0400
   From:   Douglas Starr <[log in to unmask]>

New book "BLOOD: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce"
Published by Knopf/Random House.

>From the jacket cover:
"Essence and emblem of life--feared, revered, mythologized, and used in
magic and medicine from earliest times--human blood is now the center of
a huge, secretive, and often dangerous worldwide commerce. It is a
commerce whose impact upon humanity rivals that of any other
business--millions of lives have been saved by blood and its various
derivatives, and tens of thousands of lives have been lost. Douglas
Starr tells how this came to be, in a sweeping history that ranges
through the
centuries."

>From reviews:
The New York Times: "Starr tells all this in sprightly, vigorous
fashion, smoothly explaining the technical side of things...a rich
story, admirably told."

Business Week: "...a brightly written, intriguing, and disquieting book,
with some important lessons for public health."

Publishers Weekly: "Clear-eyed and wrought with superb attention to
detail, this is first-class science writing, with a striking message."

Toronto Globe and Mail: "...In its international scope, years of
research, and implications for our collective future, 'BLOOD' is truly
an epic."

Table of Contents:
BLOOD MAGIC
 1.  The Blood of a Gentle Calf
 2. "There is No Remedy as Miraculous as Bleeding"
 3.  A Strange Agglutination
BLOOD WARS
 4.  Blood on the Hoof
 5.  Prelude to a Blood Bath
 6.  War Begins
 7.  Blood Cracks Like Oil
 8.  Blood at the Front
BLOOD MONEY
 9.  Dr. Naito
10. Dr. Cohn
11. The Blood Boom
12. Bad Blood
13. Wildcat Days
14. The Blood Resources Complex
15. Outbreak
16. "All our Lots Are Contaminated"
17. Judgment
18. Epilog: Blood in a Post-AIDS Society


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Conference:
ON HUMAN NATURE. Biological Approaches and Philosophical Reflections.

Conference Dates: March 15 - 18, 1999
Location: Dorint Hotel and Congress Center, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler,
Germany
Conference Language: English
The conference is organized by the EUROPEAN ACADEMY for the Study of
Consequences of Scientific and Technological Advance Bad
Neuenahr-Ahrweiler GmbH, in cooperation with the Research Project:
“Genome and Organism” (from Christoph Rehmann-Sutter and Eva M.
Neumann-Held), supported by the Foundation “Mensch-Gesellschaft-Umwelt”
of the University Basel.

The Symposium will have five sections on:  Perspectives on Anthropology;
Human Genetics; Genes, Evolution and Human Nature; Perception, Cognition
and Mind; Technicalization of Man: Cultural Impacts and Ethical
Problems.

Contributors will include: Ad Aertzen (Freiburg, Germany), Olaf
Breidbach (Jena, Germany), Thomas Cremer (München, Germany), Hans-Rainer
Duncker (Giessen, Germany), Scott F. Gilbert (Swarthmore, PA, USA),
Brian Goodwin (London, UK), Paul Griffiths (Sydney, Australia), Mathias
Gutmann (Bad-Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany), Henk ten Have (Nijmegen, The
Netherlands), Ludger Honnefelder (Bonn, Germany), Peter Janich (Marburg,
Germany), Helga Kuhse (Clayton, Victoria, Australia), Rolf Loether
(Berlin, Germany), Alexandre Mauron (Geneve, Switzerland), Renato
Mazzolini (Trento, Italy), Eva M. Neumann-Held (Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler,
Germany), Geoff Parker (Liverpool, UK), Susan Oyama (New York, NY, USA),
Oswald Schwemmer (Berlin, Germany), Christoph Rehmann-Sutter (Basel,
Switzerland), Michael Weingarten (Marburg, Germany), Ulrich Wolf
(Freiburg, Germany).

DEADLINE for REGISTRATION: Feb. 1, 1999
Conference Fee: DM 200,-; (students: DM 100,-), all other costs
excluded.

For further information, please contact:

European Academy Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler GmbH
Ms. Dagmar Uhl
Landskroner Str. 175
Postfach 1460
D-53459 Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
Germany

Tel.: +49-(0) 2641 754 300
Fax: +49 ñ (0) 2641 754 320
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