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  1. Rob Hengeveld (2011). Definitions of Life Are Not Only Unnecessary, but They Can Do Harm to Understanding. Foundations of Science 16 (4):323-325.
    In my response to the paper by Jagers op Akkerhuis, I object against giving definitions of life, since they bias anything that follows. As we don’t know how life originated, authors characterise life using criteria derived from present-day properties, thus emphasising widely different ones, which gives bias to their further analysis. This makes their results dependent on their initial suppositions, which introduces circularity in their reasoning.
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  2. Rob Hengeveld & Thomas A. C. Reydon (2007). Editorial: A New Turn in the Study of the Origin of Life. Acta Biotheoretica 55 (2).
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  3. Lia Hemerik, Rob Hengeveld & Ernst Lippe (2006). The Eclipse of Species Ranges. Acta Biotheoretica 54 (4).
    This paper distinguishes four recognisably different geographical processes in principle causing species to die out. One of these processes, the one we dub “range eclipse”, holds that one range expands at the expense of another one, thereby usurping it. Channell and Lomolino (2000a, Journal of Biogeography 27: 169–179; 2000b, Nature 403: 84–87; see also Lomolino and Channell, 1995, Journal of Mammalogy 76: 335–347) measured the course of this process in terms of the proportion of the total range remaining in its (...)
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  4. Rob Hengeveld (2006). Book Review. [REVIEW] Acta Biotheoretica 54 (4).
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  5. Rob Hengeveld (2004). Conway Morris, S. (2003). Life's Solution. Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe. Acta Biotheoretica 52 (3).
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  6. Rob Hengeveld (2003). Book Review: Gould, S.J. (2002). The Structure of Evolutionary Theory. [REVIEW] Acta Biotheoretica 51 (1).
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  7. Rob Hengeveld & Mikhail A. Fedonkin (2003). Life's Origin and Unfolding Popularized - de Duve, C. (2002). Life Evolving. Molecules, Mind and Meaning. Acta Biotheoretica 51 (3).
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  8. Rob Hengeveld (2002). Methodology Going Astray in Population Biology. Acta Biotheoretica 50 (2).
    This paper analyses the broad methodological structure of population-biological theorising. In it, I show that the distinction between initial exploratory, hypothesis-generating research and the subsequent process-reconstructing, hypothesis-testing type of research is not being made. Rather, the hypotheses generated in population biology are elaborated in such detail that students confound the initial research phase with the subsequent hypotheses-testing phase of research. In this context, I therefore analyse some testing procedures within the exploration phase and show that, as an extreme form of (...)
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  9. Rob Hengeveld (2002). Macarthur, R.H. And E.O. Wilson (1967, Reprinted 2001). The Theory of Island Biogeography. Acta Biotheoretica 50 (2).
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