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Darwin's Spectre: Evolutionary Biology in the Modern World

By: Michael R Rose

233 pages, no illustrations

Princeton University Press

Paperback | Mar 2000 | #105504 | ISBN: 0691050082
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About this book

Ever since the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859 Darwin's legacy has been a comfort and a scourge, but never irrelevant. Michael Rose's overview of applied Darwinism discusses the most important concepts in evolutionary theory - variation, selection, and adaptation - and then examines its many modern applications - from advanced modern agricultural practices to the inhumanities of the Nazi eugenics programme.
`[This book] will be a lightning rod among books on the great naturalist. Rose's emphatic opinions will ensure the book will not be ignored. Other trade books have also explored Darwinism and its modern meaning, but Rose's is unique in its combination of a frankly historical placing of Darwin's ideas, its consideration of their many ramifications for modern life, and its grand conjectures about the future', Steven M Austad, author of Why We Age.

A world of grand ideas, daring speculation... Best of all is his discussion of the ideas surrounding evolution and human behavior... Rose plumps for a more flexible, less deterministic (but, he is keen to stress, no less Darwinian) view of the human mind. -- Martin Brookes New Scientist Ironically, Rose evokes the image of a hovering Darwinian ghost in this altogether rational, absorbing account of the past 150 years of Darwinism... He makes an excellent case for the importance of evolutionary biology to all of science. Kirkus Reviews


Contents

<TABLE><TR><TD> <TD>Acknowledgments <TR><TD>Pt. 1 <TD>Darwin and Darwinian Science <TR><TD>1 <TD>Darwin: The Reluctant Revolutionary <TR><TD>2 <TD>Heredity: The Problem of Variation <TR><TD>3 <TD>Selection: Nature Red in Tooth and Claw <TR><TD>4 <TD>Evolution: The Tree of Life <TR><TD>Pt. 2 <TD>Applications of Darwinism <TR><TD>5 <TD>Agriculture: Malthus Postponed <TR><TD>6 <TD>Medicine: Dying of Ignorance <TR><TD>7 <TD>Eugenics: Promethean Darwinism <TR><TD>Pt. 3 <TD>Understanding Human Nature <TR><TD>8 <TD>Origins: From Baboons to Archbishops <TR><TD>9 <TD>Psyche: Darwinism Meets Film Noir <TR><TD>10 <TD>Society: Ideology as Biology <TR><TD>11 <TD>Religion: The Spectre Haunting <TR><TD> <TD>Conclusion <TR><TD> <TD>Bibliographic Material and Notes <TR><TD> <TD>Index

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