Not by Design : Retiring Darwin's Watchmaker
By: Reiss, John.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2009Description: 1 online resource (441 p.).ISBN: 9780520944404.Subject(s): Cuvier, Georges | Cuvier, Georges | Evolution (Biology) | Evolution (Biology) | Evolutionary genetics | Evolutionary genetics | Intelligent design (Teleology) | Intelligent design (Teleology) | Natural selection | Natural selectionGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Not by Design : Retiring Darwin’s WatchmakerDDC classification: 576.82 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover; Table of Contents; Preface; PART ONE: PROLEGOMENA; 1. The Problem; 2. Philosophical Background; PART TWO: HOW DID WE GET INTO THIS MESS?; 3. Design versus the Epicurean Hypothesis; 4. Materialism, Teleology, and Evolution in the Enlightenment; 5. Cuvier and the Principle of the Conditions for Existence; 6. Darwin, Natural Theology, and the Principle of Natural Selection; PART THREE: EVOLUTION IN MENDELIAN POPULATIONS; 7. Existence and the Mathematics of Selection; 8. Population Growth, Genetic Load, and the Limits of Selection; 9. Natural Selection and Genetic Drift
PART FOUR: THE CONDITIONS FOR EXISTENCE AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY10. Adaptedness, Natural Selection, and the Conditions for Existence; 11. How to Talk about Macroevolution; 12. The Conditions for Existence as a Unifying Concept in Evolutionary Biology; Conclusion; Epilogue; Glossary; References; Index
More than two centuries ago, William Paley introduced his famous metaphor of the universe as a watch made by the Creator. For Paley, the exquisite structure of the universe necessitated a designer. Today, some 150 years since Darwin's On the Origin of Species was published, the argument of design is seeing a revival. This provocative work tells how Darwin left the door open for this revival--and at the same time argues for a new conceptual framework that avoids the problematic teleology inherent in Darwin's formulation of natural selection. In a wide-ranging discussion of the historical
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