354 pages, 11 illus
A provocative approach to modern evolutionary theory, in which the author argues that Darwinism and neo-Darwinism explain only part of the richness of natural life. In reality, the evolutionary process is more chaotic in nature, with a tendency for complex systems to become more complex; natural selection cannot sufficiently account for the development of the multitude of modern species. The author also addresses a number of intriguing issues, such as the implications of the incompleteness of the fossil record to Darwinian theory, and the relationship between our understanding of evolution and development of human values.
In many ways, this book is akin to a primer on current evolutionary theory. Yet, Wesson picks his points carefully as he builds the case that chaos theory offers a way of understanding order and pattern in evolution ... a coherent presentation of many contemporary evolutionary conundrums as they might be addressed through a chaos framework. --Science Books & Films
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