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    Rob Skipper's blog on the history and philosophy of population genetics.
    International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology.
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    Jim Griesemer & lab UC Davis; philosophy of biology and related topics.
  • Philosophy of Biology Cafe
    Matt Haber at Utah, and several others, run a discussion forum on philosophy of biology
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    Cosma Shalizi is in the statistics department at Carnegie Mellon.
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As far as technical solutions go, I think it would be pretty easy to keep track of who said what when. I wrote down some ideas on this topic the other day:

It requires some changes to HTML, however, which are unlikely given how slowly the standards-making bodies work. But basically, I'd like a way to indicate how you found a weblog (call it a "via" attribute) and what you're responding to (just like in emails).

In fact, it surprises me that there isn't some generalized way of saying "I found this resource [email, web page, whatever] at location X, and I am replying to the resource at location Y." The Web wasn't designed with this sort of conversation in mind, so I think it'll soon need to be retrofitted to make it work. Or maybe when the Web moves to full XML, we won't need to wait for a standards-making body to add a new attribute to HTML links.


Your email address doesn't seem to work. Send me a working addresss via email. Thanks.


Even though it's not possible to quite get the "via" tag, it would seem to be easy to get "close enough". I tend to see, after all, bloggers write things like "I found over HERE this argument that ....."

If you scrape those messages (via trackback?), you're halfway there.

Now, no-one is (to my knowldege) doing the nice "TAG = DISAGREE" that might be necessary, but that might be derivable just from the communities. Hm. Now I feel like I need to check out the link structure of what the graph looks like, but surely there's some useful features you could derive quickly: the "dogpile" (*everyone* links to Instapundit), the "thread" (tacitus responds to dailykos responds to tacitus), the "meme" (i hate that term, but in which everyone links to a non-blog source), and so on.

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