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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

This book explains two puzzles of the theory of natural selection, the altruism of the ant, and that concerning sexual selection, epitomized by the peacock's flamboyant and burdensome tail. Helena  Read more...


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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: Foreword / John Maynard Smith --
Darwinism, its Rivals and its Renegades --
Walking archives --
A world without Darwin --
1859 --
Rivals and follies: 1859 and beyond --
Goodbye to all that --
Darwinism old and new --
Anticipations of things past --
Organism to gene --
Structures to strategists --
Complexities and diversities --
Demarcations of design --
The scrapheap of chance --
'Strange deviations tied together' --
Artefacts of our minds --
The Peacock --
The sting in the peacock's tail --
Flying in the face of natural selection --
The career of a controversy --
Nothing but natural selection? --
'The advocate of pure Darwinism' --
Coloration for protection --
Coloration for recognition --
Explaining away display --
Coloration without selection --
Males for Darwin, females for Wallace? --
Wallace's legacy: A century of natural selection --
Can females shape males? --
Only humans can choose --
Not choosing, just looking --
'The instability of a vicious feminine caprice' --
The trouble with taste --
Do sensible females prefer sexy males? --
Good taste or good sense? --
Darwin's solution: Beauty for beauty's sake --
Wallace's solution: Not just a pretty tail --
Is 'good sense' sensible? --
Fisher's solution: Good taste makes good sense --
'Until careful experiments are made ... ' --
Ghosts of Darwinism surpassed --
The changing face of sexual selection --
A happy ending to the peacock's tale --
The Ant --
Altruism now --
The problem with altruism --
The problem solved --
'Altruism' reanalysed --
Altruism then.
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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