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Darwin's blind spot : evolution beyond natural selection

Author: Frank Ryan
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002.
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"In Darwin's Blind Spot, Frank Ryan shows how the blending of life forms through symbiosis has resulted in gigantic leaps in evolution. The dependence of many flowering plants on insects and birds for pollination is an important instance of symbiosis. More surprising may be the fact that our cells have incorporated bacteria that allow us to breathe oxygen. And the equivalent of symbiosis within a species -  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Ryan
ISBN: 0618118128 9780618118120
OCLC Number: 50478535
Description: viii, 310 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The Strugglefor Recognition --
The Origins of Life --
The Other Force of Evolution --
From Anarchy to Cooperation --
The Price of Failure --
A Confusion of Terms --
Duels and Genes --
The Inner Landscape --
The Enigma of Heredity --
Symbiosis Comes of Age --
The Wonder of Symbiosis --
Planetary Evolution --
Redefining Concepts --
That First Spark --
The True Pioneers --
The Greening of the Earth --
The Creatures of Land, Air, and Sea --
A New Tree of Evolution --
The Cycles of Life --
The Sound and the Fury --
Sex and Cannibalism --
Playing Hardball with Evolution --
People: The Most Mutualistic of Organisms? --
From Cuddling Fish to Bartering Cities --
The Weave of Life.
Responsibility: Frank Ryan.
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"In Darwin's Blind Spot, Frank Ryan shows how the blending of life forms through symbiosis has resulted in gigantic leaps in evolution. The dependence of many flowering plants on insects and birds for pollination is an important instance of symbiosis. More surprising may be the fact that our cells have incorporated bacteria that allow us to breathe oxygen. And the equivalent of symbiosis within a species - cooperation - has been a vital, although largely ignored, force in human evolution. In Ryan's view, cooperation, not competition, lies at the heart of human society." "Ryan mixes stories of the many strange and beautiful results of symbiosis with accounts of the dramatic historic rivalries over the expansion of Darwin's theory. He also examines controversial research being done today, including studies suggesting that symbiosis among viruses led to the evolution of mammals and thus of humans. Too often Darwin's interpreters have put excessive emphasis on competition and struggle as the only forces in evolution. But the idea of "survival of the fittest" does not always reign. Symbiosis is critically important to the richness of Earth's life forms."--Jacket.

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