Darwins Schatten. Von Forschern, Finken und dem Bild der Welt Michael R. Rose

ISBN: 9783421053831

Published: 2001

Hardcover

351 pages


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Darwins Schatten. Von Forschern, Finken und dem Bild der Welt  by  Michael R. Rose

Darwins Schatten. Von Forschern, Finken und dem Bild der Welt by Michael R. Rose
2001 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 351 pages | ISBN: 9783421053831 | 9.64 Mb

A spectre is haunting the modern world, writes evolutionary biologist Michael Rose in a sly echo of Karl Marx, Darwins spectre, Darwinism. Ancient as scientific theories go, Charles Darwins 19th-century ideas about speciation, adaptation, and natural selection continue to inform modern science and to shape our understanding of the world- as Rose demonstrates, Darwinism retains its intellectual force today, although it has been put to bad use politically (as, for instance, a justification for racism, the dismantling of welfare, and the imposition of authoritarian social controls).

Rose discusses the growth of Darwins thought through three major issues: the nature of heredity, the operation of natural selection, and the pattern of evolution. Darwin helped solve a vexing puzzle of his day, namely how different species emerge- he also helped explain why, in an apparent lack of natural economy, there should be so many species of animal and plant life to begin with.

For all Darwinisms intellectual power, Rose notes, most theories of human nature continue to be resolutely non-Darwinian. Roses discussion is lucid and accessible to nonspecialists, and it makes for an eminently readable essay in the history of science.

--Gregory McNamee



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