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Evolutionary worlds without end

Author: H C Plotkin
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Diversity and complexity are the hallmarks of living forms. Yet science aims for general causal explanations of its observations. So how can these be reconciled? Is it possible for a science of life to conform to the requirement of a general theory-the type of theory seen in a 'hard' science such as physics? These are the questions that are explored in this important new book.
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Plotkin, H.C. (Henry C.).
Evolutionary worlds without end.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
(OCoLC)762074638
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H C Plotkin
ISBN: 9780199544950 0199544956
OCLC Number: 503639285
Description: 214 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The Rutherford dictum and its meaning for biology --
Plus ça change --
The expansion of selection theory --
Evolutionary epistemology --
Selection and cultural change --
Further applications of selection theory to aspects of human culture --
Levels of selection.
Responsibility: Henry Plotkin.

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