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Powerfully contradicting the stereotype of "survival of the fittest" and "selfish gene" Darwinism, this is the new third edition of pioneering evolutionary scientist David Loye’s acclaimed reconstruction of Darwin’s long ignored "fully human” completion for his theory of evolution. It shows how in page after page of Darwin’s own original...
Evolution/ Science/ Darwin/ Biography
Powerfully contradicting the stereotype of "survival of the fittest" and "selfish gene" Darwinism, this is the new third edition of pioneering evolutionary scientist David Loye’s acclaimed reconstruction of Darwin’s long ignored "fully human” completion for his theory of evolution. It shows how in page after page of Darwin’s own original writing, Darwin makes the case for the primacy of love, moral sensitivity, mutual aid, and education as higher order drivers for human evolution.
The new edition has been revised and updated with indexes tailored to the needs of an exceptionally wide range of readers—philosophers, theologians, teachers and students in all fields, as well as scientists and general readers looking for “an extremely important book with an easy and engaging style.”
In Part I: A Young Man's Bold Vision, we get to know Darwin in the critical months during which, in long unpublished private notebooks, he first wrote of what became the first part of his theory of evolution, for which he became famous, but also the revolutionary and still largely ignored completion for his theory.
In Part II: An Old Man's Surprises, it's 30 years later. We follow Darwin as he writes of how, rather than being slaves of “original sin” or innately brutal, far more often than we’re aware, we’re driven by moral sensitivity. Of how, though selfish, we are also driven by love to transcend selfishness. Of how, though fiercely motivated to survive and prevail, we’re also driven by a transcendent need to respect and care for the needs of others.
Corroborated by scores of new studies, endorsed up front by leading American and European scientists, Darwin’s Lost Theory shows how recognition of Darwin’s moral-action completion for his theory could have changed the 20th century for the better—and can still help us save the 21st.
Internationally known for his contribution to the development of the new field of evolutionary systems science, David Loye is the award-winning author and editor of six books on Darwin and evolution. New editions for Darwin’s Lost Theory and Darwin in Love pave the way for Loye’s forthcoming trilogy Darwin and the Battle for Human Survival (see www.davidloye.com).
Cover by John Mason Production: Cassandra Gallup Bridge Back cover photo: Don Eddy
Posted April 30, 2012
Dr. David Loye is a psychologist and evolutionary systems scientist. In this book, arguably the most important of Loye's series on Charles Darwin, he makes a profound statement countering the stock view of Darwin derived from the more familiar 'Origin of Species'. Loye focuses his attention on the later 'Descent of Man' and finds new inspiration in Darwin's view of the driving forces behind human evolution. Using an intentionally journalistic style, Loye incorporates pertinent quotes from 'Descent' along with detailed analysis of Darwin's exhaustive notes, both scientific and personal. He opens the door onto the later sophisticated thinking arising from Darwin's observations, experiments, and detailed correspondence with his many colleagues around the world concerning the role of community, caring, protection of family members, and the functioning of societies. Relating the parallel behaviours of animals and humans, Loye debunks the classical belief that Darwin can be summarized in the slogan "survival of the fittest" relating to individual competitive survival. Loye, through Darwin's 'Descent', shows us that even more important in the evolution of the human race are the power of love, the development of language, the application of reflection, and repetition through habit. This is a unifying view that can equally well accommodate those with moderate secular views of the world with those having broad, tolerant religion-oriented lives. As did Darwin, so should we, says Loye. And the world would be a happier and more harmonious place.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 13, 2010
David Loye describes the remarkable vision of Darwin in a lucid and very readable style. The story is one of love in the animal kingdom and the driving force of love in human evolution. This story is inspiring and is rooted in history and science. The truth about Darwin can set us free from our pessimistic tooth and claw outlook on society. It can also reconcile Darwin with progressive religion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.