Behaviour, Development and Evolution – an Introductory Blog (1/3)

The Appearance of Design

My book touches on many aspects of human nature.  However, I regard the nature/nurture dichotomy as false.  Nature refers to the end products of development and nurture to how they got there.  The innate/learned, robust/plastic, hard-wired/soft-wired, and genetic/environmental dichotomies all incorrectly imply that human characteristics come in two forms.  Continue reading

Behaviour, Development and Evolution – an Introductory Blog (2/3)

The Importance of Adaptation

From an early stage in its life each individual has to deal with many challenges.  When young its ecology may be very different from that of the adult, in which case it may have special adaptations to deal with those conditions. Continue reading

Behaviour, Development and Evolution – an Introductory Blog (3/3)

A Perspective on Humans

My central academic interests have been with the development and evolution of behaviour and I have long been concerned with the relevance of my work to humans.  Continue reading

Behaviour, Development and Evolution – A Q&A with Sir Patrick Bateson

Q: What would you say is the central concern of Behaviour, Development and Evolution?

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Wallenstein: A Dramatic Poem – A Q&A with Flora Kimmich

Q: How did translating Wallenstein: A Dramatic Poem compare to your first translation with OBP, Fiesco’s Conspiracy at Genoa? Continue reading

Our Top Five Most Read Books of 2016

Happy New Year from Open Book Publishers! As we leave 2016 behind, join us in taking a look at our top 5 most read books of the year.top5.
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Open Scholarly Publishing and Libraries: Putting Conviviality into the Workflow for Monographs

The immaturity of open access monograph publishing compared with that of its siblings of journal and article publishing is well known. This is in spite of the sm-logo-crest-2014-rgbevidence that “open access monograph publishing could indeed offer researchers new opportunities” (Collins et al., 2015), broaden, and deepen the impact of such scholarship. Continue reading

A Librarian’s Advice on Making the Most of Open Educational Resources

Due to the advent of the World Wide Web, there has been a paradigm shift in160netaji-subhas-open-university-jpg_4045f educational systems, in terms of its aspirations and its systems and sources. Classrooms are changing; in virtual classes, courses are conducted through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), lectures are presented in online/audio-video form. Technology is offering us better-designed, higher quality products to access comprehensive pedagogy. Continue reading

Acceso Abierto Accesible y Recursos de Información en Discapacidad y Derechos Humanos

¿Por qué Acceso Abierto Accesible? Bueno, en principio… ¿Y por qué no?logo_header_cem

Para el año 2017 habrán hecho ya 15 años desde la iniciativa de Budapest para el Acceso Abierto. downloadEn adelante se han gestionado diversas iniciativas, como la Declaración de Bethesda sobre publicación de acceso abierto en el año 2003, la Declaración de Berlín sobre acceso abierto y hasta la propia adhesión de IFLA a la declaración de Berlin, en el año 2011. Durante los más de diez años desde aquel 2002, se ha trabajado arduamente a nivel mundial en pos del acceso abierto como vía de gestión del conocimiento y derecho de acceso a la información para todos, en un mundo editorial y capitalmente restrictivos.

En este camino, hasta el momento se habla de liberar la ciencia y garantizar el acceso a la información para todos, pero no se define todos. Continue reading

Accessible Open Access and Information Resources on Disability and Human Rights

Why Accessible Open Access? Well, in principle … And why not?logo_header_cem

By the year 2017 it will have been 15 years since the Budapest initiative for Open Access. Various initiatives downloadhave since been taken, such as the Bethesda Declaration on Open Access in 2003, the Berlin Declaration on Open Access  and even IFLA’s adherence to the declaration Of Berlin, in 2011.

Since 2002, the world has worked hard for open access as a way of managing knowledge and the right of access to information for all, in an editorial world that is capably restrictive.

So far, we have discussed free access to information for all; but “all” has not been defined. Continue reading