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Harmony and conflict in the living world

Author: Alexander F Skutch
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Skutch argues that a principle of increasing harmony drives the living world - but along a bumpy road pitted with the paradoxes of evolution. His central purpose in this book is to examine the sources of these paradoxes and how they can deepen our understanding of life. Along the way he explores several biological heresies, such as anthropomorphism. He even tackles the conventional wisdom that we should strive to  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander F Skutch
ISBN: 0806132310 9780806132310 0806131802 9780806131801
OCLC Number: 42771653
Description: xii, 216 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: A realm of paradoxes --
The individual and its species --
The twofold nature of animals --
Mutual aid and social relations --
Exploitation and cooperation --
Paradoxical plants --
Three biological heresies --
Biodiversity or biocompatibility? --
The troubled childhood of intelligence --
Epilogue : the failure of success?
Responsibility: by Alexander F. Skutch ; illustrated by Dana Gardner.

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"Skutch argues that a principle of increasing harmony drives the living world - but along a bumpy road pitted with the paradoxes of evolution. His central purpose in this book is to examine the sources of these paradoxes and how they can deepen our understanding of life. Along the way he explores several biological heresies, such as anthropomorphism. He even tackles the conventional wisdom that we should strive to preserve maximum biodiversity, proposing "biocompatibility" instead."--Jacket.

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