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The Ontogeny of Information: Developmental Systems and Evolution

By: Susan Oyama

273 pages, no illustrations

Duke University Press

Paperback | May 2000 | #113134 | ISBN: 0822324660
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Hardback | May 2000 | #113135 | ISBN: 0822324318
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Critical intervention into the ongoing and perpetually troubling nature-nurture debates surrounding human development. Oyama argues compellingly that nature and nurture are not alternative influences on human development but, rather, developmental products and the developmental processes that produce them.

The publication of this revised edition of The Ontogeny of Information is timely and welcome, especially given the current dominance of simplistic views about genetic causation, aided by constant misuse of the ideas of information, coding, and programming. Oyama's classic discussion of these concepts combines patient, subtle dissection with bold and novel moves. The Ontogeny of Information is a work of brilliant originality and enduring relevance.- Peter Godfrey-Smith, Stanford University "This is among the most important books on developmental theory published in the last several decades. It continues to be cited regularly in work from several different disciplines, including developmental biology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and psychology."- Robert Lickliter, Virginia Polytechnic Institute "It is no exaggeration to claim that [Oyama] has resolved the nature-nurture dispute and provided an altogether new vision of the processes of development and evolution."- Peter Klopfer, Duke University


Foreword by Richard Lewontin Preface to the Second Edition Preface 1.Introduction 2.The Origin and Transmission of Form: The Gene as the Vehicle of Constancy 3.The Problem of Change 4.Variability and Ontogenetic Differentiation 5.Variations on a Theme: Cognitive Metaphors and the Homunculoid Gene 6.The Ghosts in the Ghost-in-the-Machine 7.The Ontogeny of Information 8.Reprise 9.Prospects Afterword to Second Edition Notes References Index of Names Index of Subjects

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