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  1. Douglas Allchin (2012). Taking Scientific Error and Uncertainty Seriously. Metascience 21 (3):715-718.
    Taking scientific error and uncertainty seriously Content Type Journal Article Category Book Review Pages 1-4 DOI 10.1007/s11016-011-9628-z Authors Douglas Allchin, Minnesota Center for the Philosophy of Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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  2. Douglas Allchin (2009). The Evolution of Morality. Evolution 2 (4):590-601.
    Here, in textbook style, is a concise biological account of the evolution of morality. It addresses morality on three levels: moral outcomes (behavioral genetics), moral motivation or intent (psychology and neurology), and moral systems (sociality). The rationale for teaching this material is addressed in Allchin (2009). Classroom resources (including accompanying images and video links) and a discussion of teaching strategies are provided online at: http://EvolutionOfMorality.net.
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  3. Douglas Allchin (2009). Teaching the Evolution of Morality: Status and Resources. Evolution 2 (4):629-635.
    Recent studies now provide a relatively robust explanation of how moral behavior evolved, perhaps not just in humans. An analysis of current biology textbooks shows that they fail to address this critical topic fully. Here, I survey resources—books, images, and videos—that can guide educators in meeting the challenge of teaching the biology of morality.
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  4. Douglas Allchin (2006). James Hutton and Phlogiston. Annals of Science 51 (6):615-635.
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  5. Douglas Allchin (2006). Lawson's Shoehorn, Reprise. Science and Education 15 (1):113-120.
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  6. Douglas Allchin (2006). Why Respect for History–and Historical Error–Matters. Science and Education 15 (1):91-111.
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  7. Douglas Allchin (2005). The Dilemma of Dominance. Biology and Philosophy 20 (2-3):427-451.
    The concept of dominance poses several dilemmas. First, while entrenched in genetics education, the metaphor of dominance promotes several misconceptions and misleading cultural perspectives. Second, the metaphors of power, prevalence and competition extend into science, shaping assumptions and default concepts. Third, because genetic causality is complex, the simplified concepts of dominance found in practice are highly contingent or inconsistent. The conceptual problems are illustrated in the history of studies on the evolution of dominance. Conceptual clarity may be fostered, I claim, (...)
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  8. Douglas Allchin (2004). Pseudohistory and Pseudoscience. Science and Education 13 (3):179-195.
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  9. Douglas Allchin (2004). Should the Sociology of Science Be Rated X? Science Education 88 (6):934-946.
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  10. Douglas Allchin (2003). Lawson's Shoehorn, or Should the Philosophy of Science Be Rated 'X'? Science and Education 12 (3):315-329.
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  11. Douglas Allchin (2003). Scientific Myth‐Conceptions. Science Education 87 (3):329-351.
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  12. Douglas Allchin (2002). To Err and Win a Nobel Prize: Paul Boyer, ATP Synthase and the Emergence of Bioenergetics. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Biology 35 (1):149 - 172.
    Paul Boyer shared a Nobel Prize in 1997 for his work on the mechanism of ATP synthase. His earlier work, though (which contributed indirectly to his triumph), included major errors, both experimental and theoretical. Two benchmark cases offer insight into how scientists err and how they deal with error. Boyer's work also parallels and illustrates the emergence of bioenergetics in the second half of the twentieth century, rivaling achievements in evolution and molecular biology.
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  13. Douglas Allchin (2001). Error Types. Perspectives on Science 9 (1):38-58.
    : Errors in science range along a spectrum from those relatively local to the phenomenon (usually easily remedied in the laboratory) to those more conceptually derived (involving theory or cultural factors, sometimes quite long-term). One may classify error types broadly as material, observational, conceptual or discoursive. This framework bridges philosophical and sociological perspectives, offering a basis for interfield discourse. A repertoire of error types also supports error analytics, a program for deepening reliability through strategies for regulating and probing error.
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  14. Douglas Allchin (2001). Thinking About Technology and the Technology Of. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 5 (1):5-11.
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  15. Douglas Allchin (2000). Thinking About Technology and the Technology of "Thinking About". Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 5 (1):5-11.
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  16. Douglas Allchin (1999). Do We See Through a Social Microscope?: Credibility as a Vicarious Selector. Philosophy of Science 66 (3):298.
    Credibility in a scientific community (sensu Shapin) is a vicarious selector (sensu Campbell) for the reliability of reports by individual scientists or institutions. Similarly, images from a microscope (sensu Hacking) are vicarious selectors for studying specimens. Working at different levels, the process of indirect reasoning and checking indicates a unity to experimentalist and sociological perspectives, along with a resonance of strategies for assessing reliability. The perspective sketched here can open dialogue between philosophical and sociological interpretations of science and resolves at (...)
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  17. Douglas Allchin (1999). Science Gone to Seed? Science and Education 8 (1):63-66.
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  18. Douglas Allchin, Elizabeth Anthony, Jack Bristol, Alan Dean, David Hall & Carl Lieb (1999). History of Science-with Labs. Science and Education 8 (6):619-632.
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  19. Douglas Allchin (1997). Rekindling Phlogiston: From Classroom Case Study to Interdisciplinary Relationships. Science and Education 6 (5):473-509.
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  20. Harmon R. Holcomb Iii & Douglas Allchin (1997). Sociobiology Sex and Science. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 19 (3):423.
  21. Douglas Allchin (1996). Points East and West: Acupuncture and Comparative Philosophy of Science. Philosophy of Science 63 (3):115.
    Acupuncture, the traditional Chinese practice of needling to alleviate pain, offers a striking case where scientific accounts in two cultures, East and West, diverge sharply. Yet the Chinese comfortably embrace the apparent ontological incommensurability. Their pragmatic posture resonates with the New Experimentalism in the West--but with some provocative differences. The development of acupuncture in China (and not in the West) further suggests general research strategies in the context of discovery. My analysis also exemplifies how one might fruitfully pursue a comparative (...)
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  22. Douglas Allchin (1994). The Super Bowl and the Ox-Phos Controversy: "Winner-Take-All" Competition in Philosophy of Science. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1994:22 - 33.
    Several diagrams and tables from review articles during the Ox-Phos Controversy serve as an occasion to assess the nature of competition in models of theory choice in science. Many models follow "Super-Bowl" principles of polar, either-or, winner-take-all competition. A significant alternative highlighted by this episode, however, is the differentiation of domains. Incommensurability and the partial divergence of overlapping domains serve both as signals and context for shifting frameworks of competition. Appropriate strategies may thus help researchers diagnose the status of competition (...)
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  23. Douglas Allchin (1992). How Do You Falsify a Question?: Crucial Tests Versus Crucial Demonstrations. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1992:74 - 88.
    I highlight a category of experiment-what I am calling 'demonstrations'-that differs in justificatory mode and argumentative role from the more familiar 'crucial tests'. 'Tests' are constructed such that alternative results are equally and symmetrically informative; they help discriminate between alternative solutions within a problem-field, where questions are shared. 'Demonstrations' are notably asymmetrical (for example, "failures" are often not telling), yet they are effective, if not "crucial," in interparadigm dispute, to legitimate questions themselves. The Ox-Phos Controversy in bioenergetics serves as an (...)
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  24. Douglas Allchin (1990). Paradigms, Populations and Problem-Fields: Approaches to Disagreement. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:53 - 66.
    Kuhn's distinction of within- and between-paradigm thinking can be extended using his notion of a problem-field. Hull's notion of populational variation applies within paradigms; his type specimen approach allows one to analyze disagreement and identify the problem-field. Categories of questions or problem frames can also partition debate, establishing interparadigm variation. A case where multiple simultaneous paradigms compete highlights the role of empirical domains. The Ox-Phos Controversy in bioenergetics (1961-1977) serves as a case study. Conclusions are framed as strategies for scientists.
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  25. Douglas Allchin, VALUES IN SCIENCE: An Introduction.
    Values intersect with science in three primary ways. First, there are values, particularly epistemic values, which guide scientific research itself. Second, the scientific enterprise is always embedded in some particular culture and values enter science through its individual practitioners, whether consciously or not. Finally, values emerge from science, both as a product and process, and may be redistributed more broadly in the culture or society. Also, scientific discoveries may pose new social challenges about values, though the values themselves may be (...)
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