The Bucket or the Searchlight?

“The Bucket and the Searchlight: Two Theories of Knowledge” from Sir Karl Popper presents two views of knowledge. We advance knowledge in research and disseminate knowledge in teaching. How we undertake these tasks depends on which view we take. The bucket theory underlies many mistakes. Notably in universities. I raised Popper’s essay in two papers published… Continue reading The Bucket or the Searchlight?

The Building Blocks of Microbial Evolution

It was an honour and a pleasure to participate last week in the Society for General Microbiology Annual Conference in Birmingham. Two sessions were of special interest, and did not overlap. These were The building blocks of microbial evolution and Mitochondria and related organelles in microbial eukaryotes. The conference also had fascinating plenary and prize… Continue reading The Building Blocks of Microbial Evolution

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