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Pigliucci, Massimo 1964-

Works: 28 works in 138 publications in 3 languages and 8,846 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: QH366.2, 576.8
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Massimo Pigliucci
Nonsense on stilts : how to tell science from bunk by Massimo Pigliucci( Book )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Creationists who dismiss Darwin's theory of evolution. Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Climate change deniers who dismiss the warming planet as a hoax. These are just some of the groups that, despite robust scientific evidence, embrace pseudoscientific beliefs and practices. Why do they believe bunk? And how does their ignorance threaten us all? Noted skeptic Massimo Pigliucci sets out to separate the fact from the fantasy in this entertaining exploration of the nature of science, the borderlands of fringe science, and--borrowing a famous phrase from philosopher Jeremy Bentham--the nonsense on stilts. Covering a range of controversial topics, Pigliucci cuts through the ambiguity surrounding science to look more closely at how science is conducted, how it is disseminated, how it is interpreted, and what it means to our society. The result is in many ways a "taxonomy of bunk" that explores the intersection of science and culture at large"--Publisher description
Denying evolution : creationism, scientism, and the nature of science by Massimo Pigliucci( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the United States, more than half the population believes in a more or less literal reading of the Bible, and the overwhelming majority of people (including a large proportion of high school science teachers!) reject the idea that humans evolved from "lower" forms of animals and that Earth is billions of years old. ... It is not reasonable to blame only the public for something that it became more and more evident was an abysmal failure of our educational system, and hence of us as scientists and educators. ... Here, my interest is not so much in debunking creationist claims (although there is some of that, of course), but mostly in understanding the reasons for the problem itself. I think creationism is more properly called evolution denial ... Creationism is not a viable theory of anything, and it is certainly not a scientific theory. In the scientific community it ceased being a reasonable option for explaining life's diversity as soon as Darwin's Origin of Species became available to the public in 1859. Rather, creationism is really a form of denial, analogous to the denial of the Holocaust by some pseudohistorians, or the denial of environmental problems by so many pundits and special-interest groups. In this book ... I will discuss the many strands of anti-intellectualism that have plagued American society almost from its inception, as well as the reasons for the failure of teachers to educate students about science as a method of discovery (instead of a list of facts as boring as a telephone directory). I will show the fallacies committed by scientists themselves when dealing with creationists, and examine the possibility that the human brain was simply not well designed (ironically, by natural selection) to think critically. ... The creation-evolution debate, as I hope to make clear in this book, is not therefore a scientific debate--far from it. It is a particular instance of a broad cultural war between conservative and progressive forces, between a priori ideologies and the spirit of inquiry, between ignorance and education."--Prologue
Answers for Aristotle : how science and philosophy can lead us to a more meaningful life by Massimo Pigliucci( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How should we live? According to philosopher and biologist Massimo Pigliucci, the greatest guidance to this essential question lies in combining the wisdom of 24 centuries of philosophy with the latest research from 21st century science. In Answers for Aristotle, Pigliucci argues that the combination of science and philosophy first pioneered by Aristotle offers us the best possible tool for understanding the world and ourselves. As Aristotle knew, each mode of thought has the power to clarify the other: science provides facts, and philosophy helps us reflect on the values with which to assess them. But over the centuries, the two have become uncoupled, leaving us with questions--about morality, love, friendship, justice, and politics--that neither field could fully answer on its own. Pigliucci argues that only by rejoining each other can modern science and philosophy reach their full potential, while we harness them to help us reach ours. Pigliucci discusses such essential issues as how to tell right from wrong, the nature of love and friendship, and whether we can really ever know ourselves--all in service of helping us find our path to the best possible life. Combining the two most powerful intellectual traditions in history, Answers for Aristotle is a remarkable guide to discovering what really matters and why."--Jacket
Phenotypic evolution : a reaction norm perspective by Carl D Schlichting( Book )

10 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making sense of evolution : the conceptual foundations of evolutionary biology by Massimo Pigliucci( Book )

17 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Making Sense of Evolution explores contemporary evolutionary biology, focusing on the elements of theories--selection, adaptation, and species--that are complex and open to multiple possible interpretations, many of which are incompatible with one another and with other accepted practices in the discipline. Particular experimental methods, for example, may demand one understanding of "selection," while the application of the same concept to another area of evolutionary biology could necessitate a very different definition. Spotlighting these conceptual difficulties and presenting alternate theoretical interpretations that alleviate this incompatibility, Massimo Pigliucci and Jonathan Kaplan intertwine scientific and philosophical analysis to produce a coherent picture of evolutionary biology. Innovative and controversial, Making Sense of Evolution encourages further development of the Modern Synthesis and outlines what might be necessary for the continued refinement of this evolving field."--Publisher's website
Phenotypic plasticity : beyond nature and nurture by Massimo Pigliucci( Book )

10 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Phenotypic Plasticity: Beyond Nature and Nurture thoroughly reviews more than two decades of research, and thus will be of interest to both students and professionals in evolutionary biology, ecology, and genetics."--Jacket
Philosophy of pseudoscience : reconsidering the demarcation problem by Massimo Pigliucci( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What sets the practice of rigorously tested, sound science apart from pseudoscience? In this volume, the contributors seek to answer this question, known to philosophers of science as "the demarcation problem." This issue has a long history in philosophy, stretching as far back as the early twentieth century and the work of Karl Popper. But by the late 1980s, scholars in the field began to treat the demarcation problem as impossible to solve and futile to ponder. However, the essays that Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudry have assembled in this volume make a rousing case for the unequivocal
Evolution, the extended synthesis( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the six decades since the publication of Julian Huxley's Evolution: The Modern Synthesis, the spectacular empirical advances in the biological sciences have been accompanied by equally significant developments within the core theoretical framework of the discipline. As a result, evolutionary theory today includes concepts and even entire new fields that were not part of the foundational structure of the Modern Synthesis. In this volume, sixteen leading evolutionary biologists and philosophers of science survey the conceptual changes that have emerged since Huxley's landmark publication, not only in such traditional domains of evolutionary biology as quantitative genetics and paleontology but also in such new fields of research as genomics and EvoDevo. Most of the contributors to Evolution -- The Extended Synthesis accept many of the tenets of the classical framework but want to relax some of its assumptions and introduce significant conceptual augmentations of the basic Modern Synthesis structure--just as the architects of the Modern Synthesis themselves expanded and modulated previous versions of Darwinism. This continuing revision of a theoretical edifice the foundations of which were laid in the middle of the nineteenth century--the reexamination of old ideas, proposals of new ones, and the synthesis of the most suitable--shows us how science works, and how scientists have painstakingly built a solid set of explanations for what Darwin called the grandeur of life. Contributors: John Beatty, Werner Callebaut, Jeremy Draghi, Chrisantha Fernando, Sergey Gavrilets, John C. Gerhart, Eva Jablonka, David Jablonski, Marc W. Kirschner, Marion J. Lamb, Alan C. Love, Gerd B. Muller, Stuart A. Newman, John Odling-Smee, Massimo Pigliucci, Michael Purugganan, Eors Szathmary, Gunter P. Wagner, David Sloan Wilson, Gregory A. Wray
Phenotypic integration : studying the ecology and evolution of complex phenotypes by Massimo Pigliucci( Book )

16 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new voice in the nature-nurture debate can be heard at the interface between evolution and development. Phenotypic integration-or, how large numbers of characteristics are related to make up the whole organism, and how these relationships evolve and change their function-is a major growth area in research, attracting the attention of evolutionary biologists, developmental biologists, and geneticists, as well as, more broadly, ecologists, physiologists, and paleontologists. This edited collection presents much of the best and most recent work the topic
Encyclopedia of evolution by Stanley A Rice( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spans modern evolutionary science and the history of its development. Features more than 200 cross-referenced entries and includes five essays that explore ethical issues related to evolutionary science
Tales of the rational : skeptical essays about nature and science by Massimo Pigliucci( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il romanzo della vita by Massimo Pigliucci( Book )

4 editions published in 1986 in Italian and Spanish and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How to be a stoic : using ancient philosophy to live a modern life by Massimo Pigliucci( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La via delle stelle : il futuro prossimo dell'uomo nello spazio by F Foresta Martin( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in Italian and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Does the Christian God exist?( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A debate at the University of Georgia [on March 22, 2001], between biologist and anti-theist Massimo Pigliucci and theologian William Lane Craig on the question of God's existence, in which they tackle questions like the compatibility of biological evolution with Christian theism, the existence and foundation of moral values, and the implications of modern cosmology for the existence of God."--Container
Dangerous habits : examining the philosophical baggage of biological research by Massimo Pigliucci( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science is about conceptualizing the natural world in a way that can be understood by human beings while at the same time reflecting as much as possible what we can empirically infer about how the world actually is. Among the crucial tools that allow scientists to formulate hypotheses and to contribute to a progressive understanding of nature are the use of imagery and metaphors on the one hand, and the ability to assume certain starting points on which to build new avenues of inquiry on the other hand. The premise of this work is that, in the words of philosopher of science Daniel Dennett, "There is no such thing as philosophy-free science; there is only science whose philosophical baggage is taken on board without examination." The purpose here is precisely to examine some of this philosophical baggage, and to see where such analysis may lead us. Obviously, it is not possible for a single project to take on science as a whole, or even an entire discipline such as physics, or ecology. Therefore, the core of this work is constituted by a series of eight case studies drawn from the field of evolutionary biology, with which I am particularly familiar as a practicing biologist. The hope is that combining expertise in both philosophy and science in one person, the resulting insights might be useful for the practicing scientist as well as because of their value as philosophical inquires. The dissertation is a combination of conceptual analysis and science criticism applied to specific questions in organismal biology, largely of an evolutionary nature, with the eight case studies grouped into three broad categories: I-Unexamined Baggage, II-Bad Habits, and III-Good and bad metaphors
Evolution : the modern synthesis by Julian Huxley( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This classic work by Julian Huxley, first published in 1942, captured and synthesized all that was then known about evolutionary biology and gave a name to the Modern Synthesis, the conceptual structure underlying the field for most of the twentieth century. Many considered Huxley's book a popularization of the ideas then emerging in evolutionary biology, but in fact Evolution: The Modern Synthesis is a work of serious scholarship that is also accessible to the general educated public. It is a book in the intellectual tradition of Charles Darwin and Thomas Henry Huxley--Julian Huxley's grandfather, known for his energetic championing of Darwin's ideas. A contemporary reviewer called Evolution: The Modern Synthesis the outstanding evolutionary treatise of the decade, perhaps the century. This definitive edition brings one of the most important and successful scientific books of the twentieth century back into print. It includes the entire text of the 1942 edition, Huxley's introduction to the 1963 second edition (which demonstrates his continuing command of the field), and the introduction to the 1974 third edition, written by nine experts (many of them Huxley's associates) from different areas of evolutionary biology
Where do we come from? : a humbling look at the biology of life's origin by Massimo Pigliucci( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gullibility is Bad for You( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A site devoted to the idea that gullibility is bad for your health (it can even kill you!), and that reasonable skepticism and critical thinking are much better guides to life. About Gullibility is Bad for You The idea for this site came because I'm often asked something along the lines of "what's the harm in people believing things that do not exist? Why do you want to take their hopes from them?" Well, the harm is that people die (e.g., when they don't believe that HIV causes AIDS), or are taken advantage of emotionally and financially (e.g., when they shell hard cash so that a "medium" can put them in touch with their dead relatives). The opposite of gullibility is reasonable skepticism, based on the idea that cultivating critical thinking and calibrating one's beliefs in proportion to the evidence makes for a better life. The short entries in this blog (edited by Phil Pollack) are therefore meant as a chronicle of documented cases of harm caused by people's gullibility. Comments are welcome, and suggestions for new entries can be directed at this address. Enjoy, and buyer beware
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Nonsense on stilts : how to tell science from bunk
Alternative Names
Massimo Pigliucci accademico, filosofo e blogger italiano

Massimo Pigliucci Amerikaans bioloog

Massimo Pigliucci US-amerikanischer Philosoph und Genetiker

Pigliucci, Massimo

ماسیمو پیلیوچی

피글리우치, 마시모 1964-

English (121)

Italian (4)

Spanish (1)

Denying evolution : creationism, scientism, and the nature of sciencePhenotypic evolution : a reaction norm perspectiveMaking sense of evolution : the conceptual foundations of evolutionary biologyPhenotypic plasticity : beyond nature and nurtureEvolution, the extended synthesisPhenotypic integration : studying the ecology and evolution of complex phenotypesEncyclopedia of evolutionEvolution : the modern synthesis