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The ant and the peacock : altruism and sexual selection from Darwin to today

Author: Helena Cronin
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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An enthralling account of the arguments about altruism and sexual selection raging since Darwin's day.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helena Cronin
ISBN: 0521457653 9780521457651 052132937X 9780521329378
OCLC Number: 29778586
Description: xiv, 490 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Darwinism, its rivals and its renegades. Walking archives ; A world without Darwin ; Darwinism old and new ; Demarcations of design --
The peacock. The sting in the peacock's tail ; Nothing but natural selection? ; Can females shape males? ; Do sensible females prefer sexy males? ; 'Until careful experiments are made...' ; Ghosts of Darwinism surpassed --
The ant. Altruism now ; Altruism then ; The social insects : kind kin ; Make dove, not war : conventional forces ; Human altruism : a natural kind? ; Breeding between the lines --
Note on the letters of Darwin and Wallace.
Other Titles: Altruism and sexual selection from Darwin to today
Responsibility: Helena Cronin.

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'Part detective story and part philosophical enquiry, The Ant and the Peacock offers a paradox in every paragraph.' J. G. Ballard, Weekend Telegraph 'Nobody with an interest in how the human mind has Read more...

 
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