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The evolution wars : a guide to the debates / Michael Ruse.

By: Ruse, Michael.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Millerton, N.Y. : Grey House Pub., c2009Edition: 2nd ed.Description: xiv, 732 p. : ill., ports. ; 29 cm.ISBN: 1592372880; 9781592372881.Subject(s): Evolution (Biology) -- HistoryDDC classification: 576.809 LOC classification: QH361 | .R874 2008
Contents:
A history of evolution -- Early evolutionists in the debate : the birth of an idea -- Conflict before, during and after The origin of species : the legacy of Charles Darwin -- Darwinism explodes onto the Victorian stage : evolution as religion -- Darwin in America : the new world -- Evolution denied & extolled : the rise of Creationism, intelligent design & Darwinian religion in America -- Evolution matures -- Darwinism and genetics : a new frontier opens -- Life : the early years -- Two new sciences at war : placing ancestors in time -- Human sociobiology : genetic determinism -- Philosophy : evolution & thinking about knowledge & morality -- Evolutionary development : minimizing natural selection -- New evolutionary theories : thickening the plot of natural selection --
Documents -- Zoological philosophy / J.B. Lamarck -- Theory of the earth / G. Cuvier -- In memoriam / A. Tennyson -- On the variation of organic beings in a state of nature ; Abstract of a letter from Charles Darwin to Professor Asa Gray / Charles Darwin -- From the reception of the "Origin of species" ; From the life and letters of Thomas Huxley / T.H. Huxley -- Studies, scientific and social / A.R. Wallace -- Individualism, socialism and humanism / Karl Pearson -- From preface to mutual aid / Petr Kropotkin -- The right to make war / Friedrich von Bernhardi -- Perceptions in science : is evolution a secular religion? / Michael Ruse -- Darwiniana / A. Gray -- Letter to Asa Gray / Charles Darwin -- From the challenge of facts / William Graham Sumner -- From the gospel of wealth / Andrew Carnegie -- The law of club and fang / Jack London -- The earth speaks to Bryan / H.F. Osborn -- Magisterium is concerned with question of evolution for it involves conception of man / Pope John Paul II -- William Dembski and John Haught spar on intelligent design / Rebecca Flietstra -- Darwin under the microscope / Michael J. Behe -- Obscurantism to the rescue ; Viruses of the mind / Richard Dawkins -- The roles of mutation, inbreeding, crossbreeding and selection in evolution / Sewall Wright -- Letter to G.F. Ferris / E. Mayr -- Letter to John Greene / Theodosius Dobzhansky -- The origin of life / J.B.S. Haldane -- The origin of life--a review of facts and speculations / Leslie E. Orgel -- From Charles Darwin's notebooks ; From The origin of species ; From The descent of man -- Lucy : the beginnings of humankind / Donald Johanson & Maitland Edey -- Sociobiology--another biological determinism / Sociobiology Study Group of Science for the People -- Academic vigilantism and the political significance of sociobiology / Edward O. Wilson -- The evolutionary development of natural science / Stephen E. Toulmin -- Moral philosophy as applied science / Michael Ruse and Edward O. Wilson -- Forty years a philosopher of biology / Michael Ruse -- The generation of novelty / Scott F. Gilbert -- Bare-knuckle fighting / Michael Ruse -- Why pigs don't have wings / Jerry Fodor -- Letters in response to "Why pigs don't have wings" / Simon Blackburn ... [et al.] -- The boatman poem / Colin Boatman -- The episodic nature of evolutionary change / S.J. Gould -- Did Darwin get it right? / John Maynard Smith -- Biographies.
Summary: Updated through current events, this second edition focuses on the great debates that have engaged, divided, stimulated, and provoked scientists and others to ponder the origins of humankind. The year 2009 marks the 200-year anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. This timely update of The Evolution Wars draws on history, science, and philosophy to examine the development of evolutionary thought through the past two and a half centuries. It focuses on the great debates, including the 19th century clash over the nature of classification and debates about the fossil record, genetics, and human nature. Much attention is paid to external factors and the underlying motives of scientists. --from publisher description
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Originally published: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2000.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 689-701) and index.

pt. 1. A history of evolution -- Early evolutionists in the debate : the birth of an idea -- Conflict before, during and after The origin of species : the legacy of Charles Darwin -- Darwinism explodes onto the Victorian stage : evolution as religion -- Darwin in America : the new world -- Evolution denied & extolled : the rise of Creationism, intelligent design & Darwinian religion in America -- pt. 2. Evolution matures -- Darwinism and genetics : a new frontier opens -- Life : the early years -- Two new sciences at war : placing ancestors in time -- Human sociobiology : genetic determinism -- Philosophy : evolution & thinking about knowledge & morality -- Evolutionary development : minimizing natural selection -- New evolutionary theories : thickening the plot of natural selection --

pt. 3. Documents -- Zoological philosophy / J.B. Lamarck -- Theory of the earth / G. Cuvier -- In memoriam / A. Tennyson -- On the variation of organic beings in a state of nature ; Abstract of a letter from Charles Darwin to Professor Asa Gray / Charles Darwin -- From the reception of the "Origin of species" ; From the life and letters of Thomas Huxley / T.H. Huxley -- Studies, scientific and social / A.R. Wallace -- Individualism, socialism and humanism / Karl Pearson -- From preface to mutual aid / Petr Kropotkin -- The right to make war / Friedrich von Bernhardi -- Perceptions in science : is evolution a secular religion? / Michael Ruse -- Darwiniana / A. Gray -- Letter to Asa Gray / Charles Darwin -- From the challenge of facts / William Graham Sumner -- From the gospel of wealth / Andrew Carnegie -- The law of club and fang / Jack London -- The earth speaks to Bryan / H.F. Osborn -- Magisterium is concerned with question of evolution for it involves conception of man / Pope John Paul II -- William Dembski and John Haught spar on intelligent design / Rebecca Flietstra -- Darwin under the microscope / Michael J. Behe -- Obscurantism to the rescue ; Viruses of the mind / Richard Dawkins -- The roles of mutation, inbreeding, crossbreeding and selection in evolution / Sewall Wright -- Letter to G.F. Ferris / E. Mayr -- Letter to John Greene / Theodosius Dobzhansky -- The origin of life / J.B.S. Haldane -- The origin of life--a review of facts and speculations / Leslie E. Orgel -- From Charles Darwin's notebooks ; From The origin of species ; From The descent of man -- Lucy : the beginnings of humankind / Donald Johanson & Maitland Edey -- Sociobiology--another biological determinism / Sociobiology Study Group of Science for the People -- Academic vigilantism and the political significance of sociobiology / Edward O. Wilson -- The evolutionary development of natural science / Stephen E. Toulmin -- Moral philosophy as applied science / Michael Ruse and Edward O. Wilson -- Forty years a philosopher of biology / Michael Ruse -- The generation of novelty / Scott F. Gilbert -- Bare-knuckle fighting / Michael Ruse -- Why pigs don't have wings / Jerry Fodor -- Letters in response to "Why pigs don't have wings" / Simon Blackburn ... [et al.] -- The boatman poem / Colin Boatman -- The episodic nature of evolutionary change / S.J. Gould -- Did Darwin get it right? / John Maynard Smith -- pt. 4. Biographies.

Updated through current events, this second edition focuses on the great debates that have engaged, divided, stimulated, and provoked scientists and others to ponder the origins of humankind. The year 2009 marks the 200-year anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. This timely update of The Evolution Wars draws on history, science, and philosophy to examine the development of evolutionary thought through the past two and a half centuries. It focuses on the great debates, including the 19th century clash over the nature of classification and debates about the fossil record, genetics, and human nature. Much attention is paid to external factors and the underlying motives of scientists. --from publisher description

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This thought-provoking update to the 2000 edition is divided into five segments, two of which are subdivided into 12 total chapters. These chronologically chart evolution's birth and development. While Ruse (Darwin and Design) offers his own survey of the subject's major issues, an additional segment assembles the scholarship of major figures like Donald Johanson and Stephen Jay Gould. Conspicuously absent is discussion of Kitzmiller v. Dover School District (2005), which rekindled a longstanding national debate over evolutionary curricula. However, Ruse's subject guide is otherwise detailed, jargon-free, and highly engaging. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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