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Making Sense of Evolution

Making Sense of Evolution

Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life

  • Author: John F. Haught
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • ISBN: 066423285X
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 163
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Haught offers a provocative take on how reconciliation between evolution and Christian theology might begin, and questions whether the two concepts must be mutually exclusive.

Making Sense of Evolution

Making Sense of Evolution

The Conceptual Foundations of Evolutionary Biology

  • Author: Massimo Pigliucci,Jonathan Kaplan
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 0226668355
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 236
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Making Sense of Evolution explores contemporary evolutionary biology, focusing on the elements of theories—selection, adaptation, and species—that are complex and open to multiple possible interpretations, many of which are incompatible with one another and with other accepted practices in the discipline. Particular experimental methods, for example, may demand one understanding of “selection,” while the application of the same concept to another area of evolutionary biology could necessitate a very different definition. Spotlighting these conceptual difficulties and presenting alternate theoretical interpretations that alleviate this incompatibility, Massimo Pigliucci and Jonathan Kaplan intertwine scientific and philosophical analysis to produce a coherent picture of evolutionary biology. Innovative and controversial, Making Sense of Evolution encourages further development of the Modern Synthesis and outlines what might be necessary for the continued refinement of this evolving field.

Evolution

Evolution

Making Sense of Life

  • Author: Carl Zimmer,Douglas Emlen
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781936221691
  • Category: Science
  • Page: N.A
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The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics

The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics

Making Sense of Things

  • Author: A. W. Moore
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 0521616557
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 668
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This book charts the evolution of metaphysics since Descartes and provides a compelling case for why metaphysics matters.

God After Darwin

God After Darwin

A Theology of Evolution

  • Author: John F. Haught,John Haught
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 0786733217
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 304
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In God After Darwin, eminent theologian John F. Haught argues that the ongoing debate between Darwinian evolutionists and Christian apologists is fundamentally misdirected: Both sides persist in focusing on an explanation of underlying design and order in the universe. Haught suggests that what is lacking in both of these competing ideologies is the notion of novelty, a necessary component of evolution and the essence of the unfolding of the divine mystery. He argues that Darwin’s disturbing picture of life, instead of being hostile to religion-as scientific skeptics and many believers have thought it to be-actually provides a most fertile setting for mature reflection on the idea of God. Solidly grounded in scholarship, Haught’s explanation of the relationship between theology and evolution is both accessible and engaging. The second edition of God After Darwin features an entirely new chapter on the ongoing, controversial debate between intelligent design and evolution, including an assessment of Haught’s experience as an expert witness in the landmark case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District on teaching evolution and intelligent design in schools.

Making Sense of Genes

Making Sense of Genes

  • Author: Kostas Kampourakis
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107128137
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 314
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An accessible but rigorous introduction to genes for non-experts, explaining what genes are and what they can and cannot do.

From Evolution to Eden

From Evolution to Eden

Making Sense of Early Genesis

  • Author: George Diepstra,Gregory J. Laughery
  • Publisher: Destinee S.A.
  • ISBN: 9781938367199
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 142
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... Recognizing this need motivated scientist George Diepstra and theologian Gregory Laughery to rethink common assumptions about the nature of Genesis 1-3. What kind of text is this? In a provocative and creative manner, Laughery and Diepstra take both the biblical and scientific informers seriously, arguing for the necessity of a dialogue between them and the worlds they represent. -- back cover.

Responses to One Hundred and One Questions on God and Evolution

Responses to One Hundred and One Questions on God and Evolution

  • Author: John F. Haught
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • ISBN: 9780809139897
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 145
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A succinct overview of questions that still divide scientific materialists and religious believers.

Deeper Than Darwin

Deeper Than Darwin

The Prospect For Religion In The Age Of Evolution

  • Author: John Haught
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 081334199X
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 232
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The director of the Georgetown Center for the Study of Science and Religion offers arguments in favor of evolutionary theism, believing that an evolutionary universe provides a strong case for the existence of divine purpose.

Making Sense of Creation and Evolution

Making Sense of Creation and Evolution

  • Author: Don Bierle
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780974552415
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How We Do It

How We Do It

The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction

  • Author: Robert Martin
  • Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
  • ISBN: 0465030157
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 320
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A primatologist explores the mystery of the origins of human reproduction, explaining that understanding the evolutionary past can provide insight into what worked, what didn't, and what it all means for the future of mankind.

Evolution's Purpose

Evolution's Purpose

An Integral Interpretation of the Scientific Story of Our Origins

  • Author: Steve McIntosh
  • Publisher: BookBaby
  • ISBN: 1590792483
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 304
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Does the science of evolution really prove that life, humanity, and the universe as a whole are meaningless accidents? On the contrary, as science has increasingly shown how everything in the universe is subject to evolution—including matter, life, and human culture—these very facts reveal that the process of evolution is unmistakably progressive. As we come to see how evolution has progressed throughout our cosmology, biology, and human culture, this reveals evolution’s purpose—to grow toward ever-widening realizations of beauty, truth, and goodness. McIntosh argues that the purpose of evolution is not "intelligently designed" or otherwise externally controlled; rather, its purpose is being creatively and originally discerned through the choices of evolutionary creatures themselves. Without relying on any spiritual authorities, the author shows how the scientific story of our origins is actually a profound and sacred teaching compatible with many forms of contemporary spirituality. In EVOLUTION’S PURPOSE, McIntosh discusses: * Science’s growing recognition of the phenomenon of emergence, which ties together all forms of evolution * Why traditional philosophies no longer adequately explain the fullness of evolution * Why the idea that evolution is accidental or meaningless is just as mythical as the idea that the world was created in six days * Why growth toward beauty, truth, and goodness harmonizes with scientific truth * Reconciling evolution’s purpose with the presence of evil and suffering in the world Taking us from pre-biotic forms of life right up through the development of human consciousness and our global civilization, McIntosh presents a fresh and compelling view of evolutionary science and philosophy that will inspire a deeper understanding of evolution itself and show how it can lead directly to a more evolved world.

Understanding Evolution

Understanding Evolution

  • Author: Kostas Kampourakis
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107034914
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 270
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Bringing together conceptual obstacles and core concepts of evolutionary theory, this book presents evolution as straightforward and intuitive.

Evolution

Evolution

The Triumph of an Idea

  • Author: Carl Zimmer
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0062038230
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 528
  • View: 6917
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This remarkable book presents a rich and up–to–date view of evolution that explores the far–reaching implications of Darwin's theory and emphasizes the power, significance, and relevance of evolution to our lives today. After all, we ourselves are the product of evolution, and we can tackle many of our gravest challenges –– from lethal resurgence of antiobiotic–resistant diseases to the wave of extinctions that looms before us –– with a sound understanding of the science.

Denying Evolution

Denying Evolution

Creationism, Scientism, and the Nature of Science

  • Author: Massimo Pigliucci
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates Incorporated
  • ISBN: 9780878936595
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 338
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Denying Evolution aims at taking a fresh look at the evolution-creation controversy. It presents a truly "balanced" treatment, not in the sense of treating creationism as a legitimate scientific theory (it demonstrably is not), but in the sense of dividing the blame for the controversy equally between creationists and scientists-the former for subscribing to various forms of anti-intellectualism, the latter for discounting science education and presenting science as scientism to the public and the media. The central part of the book focuses on a series of creationist fallacies (aimed at showing errors of thought, not at deriding) and of mistakes by scientists and science educators. The last part of the book discusses long-term solutions to the problem, from better science teaching at all levels to the necessity of widespread understanding of how the brain works and why people have difficulties with critical thinking.

Chance in Evolution

Chance in Evolution

  • Author: Grant Ramsey,Charles H. Pence
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 022640191X
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 384
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Humans, however much we would care to think otherwise, do not represent the fated pinnacle of ape evolution. The diversity of life, from single-celled organisms to multicellular animals and plants, is the result of a long, complex, and highly chancy history. But how profoundly has chance shaped life on earth? And what, precisely, do we mean by chance? Bringing together biologists, philosophers of science, and historians of science, Chance in Evolution is the first book to untangle the far-reaching effects of chance, contingency, and randomness on the evolution of life. The book begins by placing chance in historical context, starting with the ancients and moving through Darwin and his contemporaries, documenting how the understanding of chance changed as Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection developed into the modern synthesis, and how the acceptance of chance in Darwinian theory affected theological resistance to it. Subsequent chapters detail the role of chance in contemporary evolutionary theory—in particular, in connection with the concepts of genetic drift, mutation, and parallel evolution—as well as recent empirical work in the experimental evolution of microbes and in paleobiology. By engaging in collaboration across biology, history, philosophy, and theology, this book offers a comprehensive and synthetic overview both of the history of chance in evolution and of our current best understanding of the impact of chance on life on earth.

The Evolution of Beauty

The Evolution of Beauty

How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us

  • Author: Richard O. Prum
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 0385537220
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 448
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A FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, SMITHSONIAN, AND WALL STREET JOURNAL A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences—what Darwin termed "the taste for the beautiful"—create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world. In the great halls of science, dogma holds that Darwin's theory of natural selection explains every branch on the tree of life: which species thrive, which wither away to extinction, and what features each evolves. But can adaptation by natural selection really account for everything we see in nature? Yale University ornithologist Richard Prum—reviving Darwin's own views—thinks not. Deep in tropical jungles around the world are birds with a dizzying array of appearances and mating displays: Club-winged Manakins who sing with their wings, Great Argus Pheasants who dazzle prospective mates with a four-foot-wide cone of feathers covered in golden 3D spheres, Red-capped Manakins who moonwalk. In thirty years of fieldwork, Prum has seen numerous display traits that seem disconnected from, if not outright contrary to, selection for individual survival. To explain this, he dusts off Darwin's long-neglected theory of sexual selection in which the act of choosing a mate for purely aesthetic reasons—for the mere pleasure of it—is an independent engine of evolutionary change. Mate choice can drive ornamental traits from the constraints of adaptive evolution, allowing them to grow ever more elaborate. It also sets the stakes for sexual conflict, in which the sexual autonomy of the female evolves in response to male sexual control. Most crucially, this framework provides important insights into the evolution of human sexuality, particularly the ways in which female preferences have changed male bodies, and even maleness itself, through evolutionary time. The Evolution of Beauty presents a unique scientific vision for how nature's splendor contributes to a more complete understanding of evolution and of ourselves.

The Structure of Evolutionary Theory

The Structure of Evolutionary Theory

  • Author: Stephen Jay Gould
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 0674417925
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 1464
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The world’s most revered and eloquent interpreter of evolutionary ideas offers here a work of explanatory force unprecedented in our time—a landmark publication, both for its historical sweep and for its scientific vision. With characteristic attention to detail, Stephen Jay Gould first describes the content and discusses the history and origins of the three core commitments of classical Darwinism: that natural selection works on organisms, not genes or species; that it is almost exclusively the mechanism of adaptive evolutionary change; and that these changes are incremental, not drastic. Next, he examines the three critiques that currently challenge this classic Darwinian edifice: that selection operates on multiple levels, from the gene to the group; that evolution proceeds by a variety of mechanisms, not just natural selection; and that causes operating at broader scales, including catastrophes, have figured prominently in the course of evolution. Then, in a stunning tour de force that will likely stimulate discussion and debate for decades, Gould proposes his own system for integrating these classical commitments and contemporary critiques into a new structure of evolutionary thought. In 2001 the Library of Congress named Stephen Jay Gould one of America’s eighty-three Living Legends—people who embody the “quintessentially American ideal of individual creativity, conviction, dedication, and exuberance.” Each of these qualities finds full expression in this peerless work, the likes of which the scientific world has not seen—and may not see again—for well over a century.

Making Sense of Life

Making Sense of Life

Explaining Biological Development with Models, Metaphors, and Machines

  • Author: Evelyn Fox KELLER,Evelyn Fox Keller
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 9780674039445
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 400
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What do biologists want? If, unlike their counterparts in physics, biologists are generally wary of a grand, overarching theory, at what kinds of explanation do biologists aim? How will we know when we have "made sense" of life? Such questions, Evelyn Fox Keller suggests, offer no simple answers. Explanations in the biological sciences are typically provisional and partial, judged by criteria as heterogeneous as their subject matter. It is Keller's aim in this bold and challenging book to account for this epistemological diversity--particularly in the discipline of developmental biology. In particular, Keller asks, what counts as an "explanation" of biological development in individual organisms? Her inquiry ranges from physical and mathematical models to more familiar explanatory metaphors to the dramatic contributions of recent technological developments, especially in imaging, recombinant DNA, and computer modeling and simulations. A history of the diverse and changing nature of biological explanation in a particularly charged field, "Making Sense of Life" draws our attention to the temporal, disciplinary, and cultural components of what biologists mean, and what they understand, when they propose to explain life.

Darwin's Unfinished Symphony

Darwin's Unfinished Symphony

How Culture Made the Human Mind

  • Author: Kevin N. Laland
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 069118447X
  • Category: Science
  • Page: N.A
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Humans possess an extraordinary capacity for culture, from the arts and language to science and technology. But how did the human mind—and the uniquely human ability to devise and transmit culture—evolve from its roots in animal behavior? Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony presents a captivating new theory of human cognitive evolution. This compelling and accessible book reveals how culture is not just the magnificent end product of an evolutionary process that produced a species unlike all others—it is also the key driving force behind that process. Kevin Laland tells the story of the painstaking fieldwork, the key experiments, the false leads, and the stunning scientific breakthroughs that led to this new understanding of how culture transformed human evolution. It is the story of how Darwin’s intellectual descendants picked up where he left off and took up the challenge of providing a scientific account of the evolution of the human mind.