John Maynard Smith's Did Darwin Get It Right?: Essays on Games, Sex and Evolution PDF

By John Maynard Smith

ISBN-10: 0412038218

ISBN-13: 9780412038211

ISBN-10: 1468478621

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Now in paperback, Did Darwin Get It correct discusses the various most popular concerns in biology this day. Its writer, the eminently quotable John Maynard Smith, discusses such interesting conundrums as how lifestyles begun, even if the mind works like a working laptop or computer, why so much animals and crops reproduce sexually, and the way social habit developed out of the context of ordinary selection--a approach which might appear to prefer selfishness. A funny and insightful author, John Maynard Smith has the precise skill to express the buzz of technology, its complexity and fascination, with no baffling or dull his readers. In those 28 short and obtainable essays, Maynard levels greatly over such concerns as technology and the media, the beginning of sociobiology, the evolution of animal intelligence and the restrictions of evolutionary conception. For his paintings at the evolution of intercourse, Smith gained the Darwin medal from the Royal Society, and he has pioneered the appliance of video game idea to animal behavior.

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Now in paperback, Did Darwin Get It correct discusses many of the most popular concerns in biology this present day. Its writer, the eminently quotable John Maynard Smith, discusses such attention-grabbing conundrums as how lifestyles started, even if the mind works like a working laptop or computer, why so much animals and vegetation reproduce sexually, and the way social habit advanced out of the context of common selection--a strategy which might appear to desire selfishness.

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It is the function of a scientific theory to account for experience often, it is true,. -rather esoteric experience emerging from deli berate experiment. It is the function of a myih to provide a source and justification for values. What should be the relation between them? Three views are tenable. The first, sometimes expressed as a demand for 'normative science', is that the same mental constructs should serve both as myths and as scientific theories. It is widely held. If I am right, it underlies the criticisms of Darwinism from gays, from the women's movement, from socialists, and so on.

Other Hegelian categories may be susceptible to a similar analysis, although I am not sure: even in my most convinced Marxist phase, I could never make much sense of the negation of the negation or the interpenetration of opposites. But I note that Levins and ~ewontin use the cybernetic concept of feedback when they discuss contradiction. I would fing it easier to draw this essay to a conclusion if I knew what conclusion to draw. It is easy to argue that 38 Science, Ideology and Myth all scientific research requires some prior philosophical commitment, and that it is therefore better that the commitment be conscious and explicit.

The authors' opinion, which I share, is that the phenomena of development will have to be studied at their own level, although they would probably agree with me that the laws of development, once understood, will prove to be reducible Molecules are not Enough 37 to molecular biology in the same sense that the laws of heredity have been so reduced. strategic, and therefore philosophieal, problems in biological research today: how is development best studied? A problem that the authors mention obliquely, but do not address directly, is the following.

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