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Darwin's dangerous idea : evolution and the meaning of life

Author: D C Dennett
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2014], ©1995.
Series: ISSR collection; International Society for Science and Religion Collection
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In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet," focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe. Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)34925327
Named Person: Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: D C Dennett
ISBN: 9781439126295 1439126291
OCLC Number: 892927037
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed October 06, 2014).
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Contents: Intro; Errata; Dedication; Foreword; Preface; Part I: Starting in the Middle; Chapter One: Tell Me Why; 1. Is Nothing Sacred?; 2. What, Where, When, Why-and How?; 3. Locke's "Proof" of the Primacy of Mind; 4. Hume's Close Encounter; Chapter Two: An Idea Is Born; 1. What Is So Special About Species?; 2. Natural Selection-an Awful Stretcher; 3. Did Darwin Explain the Origin of Species?; 4. Natural Selection as an Algorithmic Process; 5. Processes as Algorithms; Chapter Three: Universal Acid; 1. Early Reactions; 2. Darwin's Assault on the Cosmic Pyramid 3. The Principle of the Accumulation of Design4. The Tools for R and D: Skyhooks or Cranes?; 5. Who's Afraid of Reductionism?; Chapter Four: The Tree of Life; 1. How Should We Visualize the Tree of Life?; 2. Color-coding a Species on the Tree; 3. Retrospective Coronations: Mitochondrial Eve and Invisible Beginnings; 4. Patterns, Oversimplification, and Explanation; Chapter Five: The Possible and the Actual; 1. Grades of Possibility?; 2. The Library of Mendel; 3. The Complex Relation Between Genome and Organism; 4. Possibility Naturalized; Chapter Six: Threads of Actuality in Design Space 1. Drifting and Lifting Through Design Space2. Forced Moves in the Game of Design; 3. The Unity of Design Space; Part II: Darwinian Thinking in Biology; Chapter Seven: Priming Darwin's Pump; 1. Back Beyond Darwin's Frontier; 2. Molecular Evolution; 3. The Laws of the Game of Life; 4. Eternal Recurrence-Life Without Foundations?; Chapter Eight: Biology Is Engineering; 1. The Sciences of the Artificial; 2. Darwin Is Dead-Long Live Darwin!; 3. Function and Specification; 4. Original Sin and the Birth of Meaning; 5. The Computer That Learned to Play Checkers 6. Artifact Hermeneutics, or Reverse Engineering7. Stuart Kauffman as Meta-Engineer; Chapter Nine: Searching for Quality; 1. The Power of Adaptationist Thinking; 2. The Leibnizian Paradigm; 3. Playing with Constraints; Chapter Ten: Bully for Brontosaurus; 1. The Boy Who Cried Wolf?; 2. The Spandrel's Thumb; 3. Punctuated Equilibrium: A Hopeful Monster; 4. Tinker to Evers to Chance: The Burgess Shale Double-Play Mystery; Chapter Eleven: Controversies Contained; 1. A Clutch of Harmless Heresies; 2. Three Losers: Teilhard, Lamarck, and Directed Mutation; 3. Cui Bono? Part III: Mind, Meaning, Mathematics, and MoralityChapter Twelve: The Cranes of Culture; 1. The Monkey's Uncle Meets the Meme; 2. Invasion of the Body-Snatchers; 3. Could There Be a Science of Memetics?; 4. The Philosophical Importance of Memes; Chapter Thirteen: Losing Our Minds to Darwin; 1. The Role of Language in Intelligence; 2. Chomsky Contra Darwin: Four Episodes; 3. Nice Tries; Chapter Fourteen: The Evolution of Meanings; 1. The Quest for Real Meaning; 2. Two Black Boxes; 3. Blocking the Exits; 4. Safe Passage to the Future; Chapter Fifteen: The Emperor's New Mind, and Other Fables
Series Title: ISSR collection; International Society for Science and Religion Collection
Responsibility: Daniel C. Dennett.

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In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet," focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe. Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends Darwin's vision with impeccable arguments to their often surprising conclusions, challenging the views of some of the most famous scientists of our day.

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