PhD Evolutionary Educational Psychology | Monday, 11 November 2013 | Blog

Sarah (Amsler) and I have been riffing on evolutionary approaches to social science since we met in autumn 2011; I continue to find the process tremendously exciting. During October, we began meeting regularly in The Angel Coffee House to discuss our ideas on one another’s texts/offerings. I will be using this blog to share the research that is informing my contribution to our work/play.

Michael L Anderson’s work on neural reuse, especially his paper on Eroding the Boundaries of Cognition, has often been in play.

As has the work of evolutionary minded theorists like Eva Jablonka…

Ideas about heredity and evolution are undergoing a revolutionary change. New findings in molecular biology challenge the gene-centered version of Darwinian theory according to which adaptation occurs only through natural selection of chance DNA variations. In Evolution in Four Dimensions, Eva Jablonka and Marion Lamb argue that there is more to heredity than genes. They trace four “dimensions” in evolution—four inheritance systems that play a role in evolution: genetic, epigenetic (or non-DNA cellular transmission of traits), behavioral, and symbolic (transmission through language and other forms of symbolic communication). These systems, they argue, can all provide variations on which natural selection can act. Evolution in Four Dimensions offers a richer, more complex view of evolution than the gene-based, one-dimensional view held by many today. The new synthesis advanced by Jablonka and Lamb makes clear that induced and acquired changes also play a role in evolution.

After discussing each of the four inheritance systems in detail, Jablonka and Lamb “put Humpty Dumpty together again” by showing how all of these systems interact. They consider how each may have originated and guided evolutionary history and they discuss the social and philosophical implications of the four-dimensional view of evolution. Each chapter ends with a dialogue in which the authors engage the contrarieties of the fictional (and skeptical) “I.M.,” or Ifcha Mistabra—Aramaic for “the opposite conjecture”—refining their arguments against I.M.’s vigorous counterarguments. The lucid and accessible text is accompanied by artist-physician Anna Zeligowski’s lively drawings, which humorously and effectively illustrate the authors’ points.

(Text: VideoLectures.Net Single Lectures Series – Eva Jablonka)

Our Place, Our Priorities: Photography at The Pathways Centre | Weeks 46,47 & 50 | 24102013, 31102013 & 07112013


Louise and Andy

More processing and editing (top right is Andy’s first display print – Tennyson). The first four display prints have – finally – been installed at The Pathways Centre (images to follow), and the next three are in the safe hands of Dom and Dan at the minilab. Andy has finished processing all of his work from the Sleaford to Lincoln walk he took a few weekends ago, and we’re now in the process of deciding which of these will be the next images to be printed for display… 

PS Sorry Andy, I’ve just noticed that you’re blinking in this photograph.

Our Place, Our Priorities: Photography at The Pathways Centre | Weeks 43, 44 & 45 | 03102013, 10102013 & 17102013


Gainsborough Old Hall (Image: Andy)

Today we caught up with some old friends. Michael and James were  back at Pathways visiting people, and we gossiped about the project, life, photography and, well, life again! Last week Andy, David and Louise reviewed the project images, ideas and ambitions thus far; steady progress towards our dozen display images (above is one of the Andy’s photographs from his recent work in Gainsborough). The week prior to that, David and Andy went for a walk along the Fosse, and found this thoughtful fella…


(Image: Andy)

Our Place, Our Priorities: Photography at The Pathways Centre | Weeks 40, 41 & 42 | 12092013, 19092013 & 26092013

Arboretum Fountain

(Image: Andy)

This week we reviewed all of the images from the project so far (and selected four more for display printing), last week we visited the new exhibition at The Collection and the MA Fine Art show at Lincoln University. The week before that we visited the Arboretum (see above). September has been a time of reflection.

Our Place, Our Priorities: Photography at The Pathways Centre | Weeks 37, 38 & 39 | 22082013, 29082013 & 05092013



(Image: Andy)

Three weeks of processing the Cathedral shoot for Andy (above and below),  two weeks of shooting for Kane, and David and Kim have done a bit of both! Louise and David have arranged to meet on Thursday, 10 October to review the project… is it really a year already? 



(Image: Andy)

Our Place, Our Priorities: Photography at The Pathways Centre | Weeks 34, 35 & 36 | 11072013, 01082013 & 08082013

Kev and his picture.


It’s been a busy summer so far, with Kev (above), Michael and James moving on and Kim, Simon and Andy moving in (well, moving into Framework managed accommadation in Gainsborough). Last week and this, David and Andy have been out photographing historic Lincoln. Last week we visited the Bishop’s Palace, this week we visited Lincoln Cathedral… lots of images to process during our next session.

Our Place, Our Priorities: Photography at The Pathways Centre | Weeks 32 & 33 | 20062013 & 27062013


Today Kane, Kevin, Andy and David went to re-shoot the Willow Island and the Glory Hole. Andy joined the project last week, and although he is currently living with Kevin and Robert up in Gainsborough, he is originally from Lincoln, and he knows the city very well. Whilst we were walking from the Brayford to the Glory Hole, Kane noticed this unusual view of Lincoln Castle… interesting shot Kane. Michael and James put in cameo appearences before the end of the session, it was good to catch up with them. James moves into his own place next week – GOOD LUCK JAMES!

Our Place, Our Priorities: Photography at The Pathways Centre | Weeks 30 & 31 | 23052013 & 30052013


Last week David and Kane went for a hot beverage on Moonraker, Lincoln’s very own Tearoom on a barge! Captain Christine was very welcoming, and Kane liked the place so much he decided to to take some photographs (including this one of David reading Alastair’s article in the THE). Later we bumped into Peaceful Warrior, and had a good gossip about Lincoln as a ‘r+evolutionary’ place…

Today was another busy day, collecting display prints from Dom (The Writing is on the Wall – Louise Kent is an artist!), visiting The Collection to have a closer look at the new exhibition, and discussing how we might expand the OPOP project to include other Framework sites across the East Midlands… all very exciting.

Our Place, Our Priorities: Photography at The Pathways Centre | Weeks 28 & 29 | 09052013 & 16052013

It’s been a busy few weeks for those involved in the project. Louise has been appointed The Pathways Centre Service Manager (permanent), Robert has started a Prince’s Trust team-building course in Gainsborough, James has visited his daughter ‘down south’ and Kane has bought his first digital camera… exciting stuff. Last week we watched this TED Talk by David Byrne, which we found inspirational; today we re-shot Kev’s image idea of the Usher (below).