January 16, 1964 |
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Massimo Pigliucci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmassimo piʎˈʎuttʃi]; born January 16, 1964) is the chair of the Department of Philosophy at CUNY-Lehman College and the editor in chief for the journal Philosophy & Theory in Biology. He is an outspoken critic of pseudoscience and creationism, and an advocate for secularism and science education.
Pigliucci was born in Monrovia, Liberia, although he was raised in Rome, Italy. He has a doctorate in genetics from the University of Ferrara, Italy, a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in philosophy of science from the University of Tennessee. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.
Pigliucci was formerly a professor of ecology and evolution at Stony Brook University. He explored phenotypic plasticity, genotype-environment interactions, natural selection, and the constraints imposed on natural selection by the genetic and developmental makeup of organisms. Early in his career, he received the prestigious Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution. As a philosopher, Pigliucci is interested in the structure and foundations of evolutionary theory, the relationship between science and philosophy, and the relationship between science and religion.
Pigliucci writes regularly for Skeptical Inquirer on topics such as climate change denial, intelligent design, pseudoscience, and philosophy. He has also written for Philosophy Now and maintains a blog called "Rationally Speaking'. He has debated "deniers of evolution" (young-earth creationists and intelligent design proponents), including young earth creationists Duane Gish and Kent Hovind and intelligent design proponents William Dembski and Jonathan Wells, on many occasions.
Secularism and atheism
While Pigliucci is an atheist himself, he does not believe that science necessarily demands atheism because of two distinctions: the distinction between methodological naturalism and philosophical naturalism, and the distinction between value judgements and matters of fact. He believes that many scientists and science educators fail to appreciate these differences.
Massimo Pigliucci criticised the newspaper article by Pope Francis entitled, "An open dialogue with non-believers". Pigliucci viewed the article as a monologue rather than a dialogue and, in a response personally addressed to Pope Francis, wrote that the Pope only offered non-believers "a reaffirmation of entirely unsubstantiated fantasies about God and his Son...followed by a confusion between the concept of love and truth, the whole peppered by a significant amount of historical revisionism and downright denial of the ugliest facets of your Church (and you will notice that I haven’t even brought up the pedophilia stuff!)."
- Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem (with Maarten Boudry, University of Chicago Press, 2013, ISBN 978-0226051963)
- Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life (Basic Books, 2012, ISBN 978-0-465-02138-3)
- Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk (University of Chicago Press, 2010, ISBN 978-0-226-66786-7): This book presents a number of case studies on controversial topics in order to examine how science is conducted, how it is disseminated, how it is interpreted, and what it means to our society.
- Evolution: The Extended Synthesis (with Gerd B. Muller, MIT Press, 2010, ISBN 978-0262513678)
- Making Sense of Evolution (with Jonathan Kaplan, University of Chicago Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0-226-66837-6): A philosophical examination of the fundamental concepts of evolutionary theory and practice.
- Phenotypic Integration (Oxford University Press, 2003) ISBN 0195160436: A collection of technical essays on the evolution of complex biological organs.
- Denying Evolution: Creationism, Scientism, and the Nature of Science. (Sinauer, 2002) ISBN 0-87893-659-9: This book covers the evolution-creation controversy, better science teaching, and why people have difficulties with critical thinking.
- Phenotypic Plasticity (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001): A technical volume on research concerning nature-nurture questions.
- Tales of the Rational (Freethought Press, 2000): A series of essays on atheism, straw-man arguments, creationism and the like.
- Phenotypic Evolution (with Carl Schlichting, Sinauer, 1998): A technical volume on the current status and future prospects of evolutionary theory.
- — (2006). "Is evolutionary psychology a pseudoscience?". Skeptical Inquirer 30 (2): 23–24.
- — (2005). "Science and fundamentalism". EMBO reports 6 (12): 1106–9. doi:10.1038/sj.embor.7400589.
- — (2005). "The power and perils of metaphors in science". Skeptical Inquirer 29 (5): 20–21.
- —; Banta, J.; Bossu, C.; et al. (May/June 2004). "The alleged fallacies of evolutionary theory". Philosophy Now 46: 36–39.
- — (January/February 2004). "What is philosophy of science good for?". Philosophy Now 44: 45.
- Massimo Pigliucci — Curriculum Vitae
- Lehman College — About the Philosophy Department
- Pigliucci, Massimo; Boudry, Maarten (2013). Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0226051963.
- Pigliucci, Massimo (10 October 2013). "The Dangers of Pseudoscience". The New York Times.
- Pigliucci, Massimo (2002). Denying evolution: Creationism, scientism, and the nature of science. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates.
- Secular Coalition for America Advisory Board Biography
- Pigliucci, M. (2005). "Science and fundamentalism". EMBO reports 6 (12): 1106–9. doi:10.1038/sj.embor.7400589.
- Massimo Pigliucci — Short Bio
- Massimo Pigliucci — Selected Papers
- Society for the Study of Evolution — Description of Awards
- Massimo Pigliucci — Short Bio
- "Massimo Pigliucci". Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.
- Rationally Speaking — a blog by Pigliucci about skepticism and humanism
- Pigliucci, Massimo (2002). Denying evolution: creationism, scientism, and the nature of science. Sunderland, Mass.: Sinauer Associates. ISBN 0-87893-659-9.
- "Evolution Debate — Pigliucci vs Hovind". Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. January 31, 2007. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- William Dembski — Curriculum Viate
- "Evolution and Intelligent Design: Pigliucci vs Wells". Uncommon Knowledge. January 14, 2005. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
- Entry from Pigliucci's blog, "Rationally Speaking." August 18th, 2008
- Pigliucci, Massimo (20 September 2013). "Dear Pope". Rationally Speaking.
- Plato's Footnote — Pigliucci's Webpage
- Rationally Speaking — blog by Pigliucci about skepticism and humanism.
- Dr. Pigliucci's Rationally Speaking Podcast
- Massimo Pigliucci on Secular Web
- Philosophy & Theory in Biology