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The evolution of agency and other essays.Artist/Author: Sterelny, Kim.
A collection of linked essays on the topic of biological evolution. The first half of the book explores most of the main theoretical controversies about evolution and selection, while the second half applies some of these ideas in considering cognitive evolution. Together, the essays form a coherent whole that defends not just an overall conception of evolution, but also a distinctive take on cognitive evolution.
Darwin’s legacy: what evolution means today.Artist/Author: Dupre, John A.
WAS $35. Demonstrates that though aspects of evolutionary theory remain controversial, and issues remain to be settled, there can no longer be any doubt that the basis of the theory is true. Dupre examines the consequences of this for our view of human nature, religion, and non-human animals. He also investigates the appropriation of evolutionary biology by psychologists, finding their claims to be largely spurious.
Science and selection: essays on biological evolution and the philosophy of science.Artist/Author: Hull, David L.
WAS $65. From the Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology series. One way to understand science is as a selection process. David Hull, one of the dominant figures in contemporary philosophy of science, sets out in this volume a general analysis of this selection process that applies equally to biological evolution, the reaction of the immune system to antigens, operant learning, and social and conceptual change in science. Hull aims to distinguish between those characteristics that are contingent features of selection and those that are essential. Science and Selection brings together many of David Hull’s most important essays on selection (some never before published) in one accessible volume.
Dear Mr. Darwin: letters on the evolution of life and human nature.Artist/Author: Dover, Gabriel.
WAS $25. ‘Dear Mr Darwin – You might find it presumptuous of me, if not a little macabre, that I should take up my pen and write to you more than a hundred years after your death…Despite the gulf that separates us in time and means, I know that this letter will arouse your scientific interests, for it touches on some of the central issues with which you wrestled all your life.’ Thus begins an imagined correspondence between the geneticist Gabriel Dover and Charles Darwin on the surprising findings of modern genetics and their influence on the evolution of biological novelties, from genes to organisms. Stimulated by Darwin’s relatively uninformed but obviously intelligent questions, Dover takes the father of natural selection on an exhilarating roller-coaster ride through the ‘new genetics’. Set against a backdrop of cultural references ranging from the late poet Ted Hughes, through the music of Captain Beefheart, to the current ethnic crisis in the Balkans, this trenchant and humorous correspondence presents a startlingly original view of development and evolution that puts the individual organisms centre-stage.