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

Author: D C Dennett
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [1995] ©1995
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Proponent of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution discusses how the idea has been distorted and the correct way to think about evolution, and examines challenges to the theory and its impact on the future of humans.
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Dennett, Daniel Clement.
Darwin's dangerous idea.
New York : Simon & Schuster, ©1995
(OCoLC)623383668
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D C Dennett
ISBN: 0684802902 9780684802909
OCLC Number: 31867409
Awards: Short-listed for National Book Awards (Nonfiction) 1995
Description: 586 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I. Starting in the middle. Tell me why ; An idea is born ; Universal acid ; The tree of life ; The possible and the actual ; Threads of actuality in design space --
Part II. Darwinian thnking in biology. Priming Darwin's pump ; Biology is engineering ; Searching for quality ; Bully for brontosaurus --
Part III. Mind, meaning, mathematics, and morality. Controversies contained ; The cranes of culture ; Losing our minds to Darwin ; The evolution of meanings ; The emperor's new mind, and other fables ; On the origin of morality ; Redesigning morality ; The future of an idea.
Responsibility: Daniel C. Dennett.

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