By: John A Dupre
180 pages, Photos, figs
Readable introduction the the theory of evolution.
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Charles Darwin transformed our understanding of the universe and our place in it with his development of the theory of evolution. 150 years later, we are still puzzling over the implications. John Dupre presents a lucid, witty introduction to evolution and what it means for our view of humanity, the natural world, and religion. He explains the right and the wrong ways to understand evolution: in the latter category fall most of the claims of evolutionary psychology, of which Dupre gives a withering critique. He shows why the theory of evolution is one of the most important scientific ideas of all time, but makes clear that it can't explain everything - contrary to widespread popular belief, it has very little to tell us about the details of human nature and human behaviour, such as language, culture, and sexuality.
Darwin's Legacy clears a path through the confusion and controversy surrounding evolution; anyone who is interested in understanding what the theory of evolution can and can't do will find this a compelling and enjoyable introduction.
...a stimulating and sometimes entertaining account of Darwin's theory and of its continuing influence on our lives today. Contemporary Review Vigorously argued and very readable, Darwin's Legacy is a razor-sharp analysis of the limits and the power of evolution. The Guardian Dupre's account of how he believes evolutionary theory has inflicted a "fatal injury" to "the pretensions of religion" provides a wonderful counterpoint to Creationist dogma... Dupre's wonderfully succinct explanation of evolutionary theory is a good enough reason in itself to buy this book; however, with the forces of the religious right keen to mount an offensive on these shores, it's the eloquent and uncompromising argument that may prove indispensable. The Independent
1. Introduction; 2. What is the theory of evolution?; 3. What is the theory of evolution good for?; 4. Human origins and the decline of theism; 5. Humans and other animals; 6. Human nature; 7. Race and gender; 8. Conclusion
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