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Dawkins vs. Gould : survival of the fittest

Author: Kim Sterelny
Publisher: Cambridge [England] : Icon Books, 2001.
Series: Revolutions in science.
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"Science has seen its fair share of punch-ups over the years, but one debate, in the field of biology, has become notorious for its intensity. Over the last twenty years, Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould have engaged in a savage battle over evolution that shows no signs of waning. Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker, conceives of evolution as a struggle between gene lineages; Gould, who  Read more...
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Named Person: Richard Dawkins; Stephen Jay Gould; Richard Dawkins; Stephen Jay Gould; Stephen Jay Gould; Richard Dawkins; Richard Dawkins; Stephen Jay Gould
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kim Sterelny
ISBN: 1840462493 9781840462494
OCLC Number: 46395236
Description: 156 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Contents: Battle joined: Clash of perspectives --
Dawkins' world: Genes and gene lineages --
Gene selection in a world of organisms --
Extended phenotypes and outlaws --
Selfishness and selection --
Selection and adaptation --
View from Harvard: Local process, global change? --
Punctuated equilibrium --
Mass extinction --
Life in the Cambrian --
Evolutionary escalator --
State of play: Candle in the dark? --
Stumps summary --
Suggested reading --
Glossary --
Appendix: Geological time scale.
Series Title: Revolutions in science.
Responsibility: Kim Sterelny.

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"Science has seen its fair share of punch-ups over the years, but one debate, in the field of biology, has become notorious for its intensity. Over the last twenty years, Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould have engaged in a savage battle over evolution that shows no signs of waning. Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker, conceives of evolution as a struggle between gene lineages; Gould, who wrote Wonderful Life and Rocks of Ages, sees it as a struggle between organisms. For Dawkins, the principles of evolutionary biology apply just as well to humans as they do to all living creatures; for Gould, however, this sociobiology is not just ill-motivated but wrong, and dangerous. Dawkins' views have been caricatured, and the man painted as a crazed reductionist, shrinking all the variety and complexity of life down to a struggle for existence between blind and selfish genes. Gould, too, has been falsely represented by creationists as rejecting the fundamental principles of Darwinism itself." "Kim Sterelny moves beyond caricature to expose the real differences between the conceptions of evolution of these two leading scientists. He shows that the conflict extends beyond evolution to their very beliefs in science itself; and, in Gould's case, to domains in which science plays no role at all."--Jacket.

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A fun little volume

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2006-11-10) Very Good Permalink
This is a fun little volume for readers of popular works on evolution. Sterelny compares two thinkers who liked to firmly disagree with one another: Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Dawkins. He examines the legacy of various of their ideas in four areas--punctuated equilibrium and adaptationism being two...
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