Dawkins vs. Gould: Survival of the Fittest

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"Science has seen its fair share of punch-ups over the years, but one debate, in the field of biology, has become notorious for its intensity. Over the last twenty years, Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould have engaged in a savage battle over evolution that shows no signs of waning. Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker, conceives of evolution as a struggle between gene lineages; Gould, who wrote Wonderful Life and Rocks of Ages, sees it as a struggle between organisms. For Dawkins, the principles of evolutionary biology ...
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"Science has seen its fair share of punch-ups over the years, but one debate, in the field of biology, has become notorious for its intensity. Over the last twenty years, Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould have engaged in a savage battle over evolution that shows no signs of waning. Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker, conceives of evolution as a struggle between gene lineages; Gould, who wrote Wonderful Life and Rocks of Ages, sees it as a struggle between organisms. For Dawkins, the principles of evolutionary biology apply just as well to humans as they do to all living creatures; for Gould, however, this sociobiology is not just ill-motivated but wrong, and dangerous. Dawkins' views have been caricatured, and the man painted as a crazed reductionist, shrinking all the variety and complexity of life down to a struggle for existence between blind and selfish genes. Gould, too, has been falsely represented by creationists as rejecting the fundamental principles of Darwinism itself." Kim Sterelny moves beyond caricature to expose the real differences between the conceptions of evolution of these two leading scientists. He shows that the conflict extends beyond evolution to their very beliefs in science itself; and, in Gould's case, to domains in which science plays no role at all.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781840462494
  • Publisher: Totem Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Series: Revolutions in Science Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 106
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements and Dedication
Pt. I Battle Joined 1
Ch. 1 A Clash of Perpectives 3
Pt. II Dawkins' World 15
Ch: 2 Genes and Gene Lineages 17
Ch: 3 Gene Selection in a World of Organisms 25
Ch: 4 Extended Phenotypes and Outlaws 32
Ch: 5 Selfishness and Selection 42
Ch: 6 Selection and Adaptation 54
Pt. III The View from Harvard 63
Ch. 7 Local Process, Global Change? 65
Ch. 8 Punctuated Equilibrium 74,
Ch. 9 Mass Extinction 81,
Ch. 10 Life in the Cambrian 89,
Ch. 11 The Evolutionary Escalator 110,
Pt. IV The State of Play 121,
Ch. 12 A Candle in the Dark? 123,
Ch. 13 Slumps Summary 131,
Suggested Reading 141,
Glossary 152,
App Geological Time Scale 156,
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