Evolution: A View from the 21st Century

Evolution: A View from the 21st Century

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by James A. Shapiro
     
 

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James A. Shapiro proposes an important new paradigm for understanding biological evolution, the core organizing principle of biology. Shapiro introduces crucial new molecular evidence that tests the conventional scientific view of evolution based on the neo-Darwinian synthesis, shows why this view is inadequate to today's evidence, and presents a

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James A. Shapiro proposes an important new paradigm for understanding biological evolution, the core organizing principle of biology. Shapiro introduces crucial new molecular evidence that tests the conventional scientific view of evolution based on the neo-Darwinian synthesis, shows why this view is inadequate to today's evidence, and presents a compelling alternative view of the evolutionary process that reflects the shift in life sciences towards a more information- and systems-based approach in Evolution: A View from the 21st Century.

 

Shapiro integrates advances in symbiogenesis, epigenetics, and saltationism into a unified approach that views evolutionary change as an active cell process, regulated epigenetically and capable of making rapid large changes by horizontal DNA transfer, inter-specific hybridization, whole genome doubling, symbiogenesis, or massive genome restructuring.

 

Evolution marshals extensive evidence in support of a fundamental reinterpretation of evolutionary processes, including more than 1,100 references to the scientific literature. Shapiro's work will generate extensive discussion throughout the biological community, and may significantly change your own thinking about how life has evolved. It also has major implications for evolutionary computation, information science, and the growing synthesis of the physical and biological sciences.

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ISBN-13:
9780132780995
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
06/08/2011
Series:
FT Press Science
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

James A. Shapiro, Professor in the University of Chicago’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is a leading bacterial geneticist, the discoverer of transposable elements in bacteria, and the key researcher involved in first organizing the field of mobile genetic elements. The earliest proponent of “natural genetic engineering” as a basic feature of evolution, he has been a leading scientific critic of orthodox evolutionary theory for 20 years.

 

Shapiro is co-editor of DNA Insertion Elements, Episomes, and Plasmids (1977, Cold Spring Harbor Press), editor of Mobile Genetic Elements (1983, Academic Press), and co-editor of Bacteria as Multicellular Organisms (1997, Oxford University Press). He holds a Ph.D. in genetics from Cambridge University.

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Evolution 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
jensedhome More than 1 year ago
This book is a good primer on current theories in evolutionary biology and does a great job separating fact from the propaganda and heated emotions that frequently accompany this topic. A must for high school and beyond.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish people wouldn't comment on an evolutionary theory book with bible quotes. You don't believe in it, thats fine, then dont read the book and dont post in the review section unless you actually have a valid review for the book. Find something more constructive with your time. I for one thought there was some pretty good theories in here. Worth a read if you are interested in this subject.
SmarmyPants More than 1 year ago
Good intro to the theory of evolution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For anyone looking for a first rate primer on evolutionary biology that critically incorporates the recent insights of into the informational nature of the genome, look no further. This is the best introduction that I have yet come across. My apologies for the unrelated posts from my Christian friends. As it happens, I left a career headed toward graduate teaching in the philosophy of language to study at one of the most conservative seminaries in America. I am firmly commited to the inerrancy and inspiration of the Bible, but I'm horrified by how little attention the average person devotes to taking it's claims seriously. It is my equally firm commitment that the findings of science are totally consonant with a "literal" interpretation of the Bible. All this to say, science enthusiasts please excuse my Christian friends. Christian friends: 1. Think, read, and pray before you speak up. 2. Be bold in proclaiming the faith, but these reviews are hardly the place. Commntig here just makes Christians look obnoxious and ignorant!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a well-written primer on evolution with some interesting theories. If you like science, it would be an excellent read. If, on the other hand, you are a bible-thumping lunatic with the logical grasp of an ant, this book probably isn't for you. Furthermore, you shouldn't be posting reviews for a book that you probably haven't read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This reads like a doctoral thesis and is for those looking for an indepth look at evolution. This is for the serious student of science.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pavlovian science is verified once again: simply mention the word "evolution" and the God-Bothers come running forth, snarling, showing their teeth, and salivating at their perceived enemies. Their reaction is automatic, beyond the reach of logic or reason - even beyond their own control, just like the dogs of Pavlov. You see it every time. I'm particularly amused by the one who titled his review "terrible writing style and misinformation," and then proceeded to give the book five stars! The irony of this is that Shapiro's "Natural Genetic Engineering" has aroused considerable interest in the creationist and intelligent design communities as they continue to grasp for scientific evidence for their beliefs. Shapiro himself has explicitly and repeatedly rejected both creationism and intelligent design. His work on Natural Genetic Engineering has been cited as a legitimate scientific controversy (in contrast to the controversies raised by various branches of creationism). So while this book is a great introduction to evolution, biology, genetics, and more, it does have ideas considered controversial by mainstream science and the reader needs to keep that in mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Molecular biology is THE important science of our time. This book can help you learn about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The bible does not say HOW God created the heavens and the earth and all living things. These are not mutually exclusive. Why not read about man's latest attempts to understand the world around us? Curiosity about our surroundings is inate and a key part of being human. I also believe curiosity and scientific thought are gifts from God and should be used.
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As a Biology major of the early 1980's, who has not officially studied biology nor worked in the field for more than 30 years, but has never lost the love for the topic and has followed some new biological discoveries along the way, I so appreciate this book by James Shapiro. I'm fascinated by the research discussing details and evidence of epigenetic processes involved in evolution of species and this book greatly helped me to understand how these processes work and how changes in the environment can directly influence expression of genetic code. Wow! Genetic code is basically "adjustable" and not dependent on random mutations as was the general assumption of Evolution presented in my past education. Dr. Shapiro includes an introduction that welcomes the non-scientist to glean understanding from his book. Here he points those of us without the need to know all to read the early chapters where he presents clear summaries of advances in evolutionary biology in a way that is accessible to anyone with a basic science background from the past several decades. Dr. Shapiro also says in that introduction that when the information gets "too detailed" [for those of us not current in biological knowledge or not wanting all the details], just skip through until you are back to a level you can handle. So while this book is most likely an excellent and essential reference for current scientists, taken for its excellently presented educational summaries, it is also a fabulous resource to help the biology fan to catch up on the past few decades of research documenting the greater understanding of evolutionary processes that are happening under our noses! Thank you Barnes and Noble for offering the Nook version for the fabulous price of $2.99 several months ago!! It was well worth it and I feel privileged to have purchased it for such a bargain!!!!
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First of all, I am a Biblical creationist and a college grad with a degree in electrical engineering technology. My specialty is computer hardware, software, programming, systems integration, and maintenance & repair at all levels (I have burned my own EEPROM chips). I was interested in the book because it delves into some of the latest "hi-tech" features of genomes (and epigenomes) which are pivotal in the evolution/creation debate of which model is superior. Shapiro, an evolutionist, is being criticized by many of his colleagues because he characterizes many genomic functions & mechanisms in a way that contradict the traditional Darwinian model. Example of one of Shapiro's critics: "Virtually all of the non-creationist opposition to the modern theory of evolution, and all of the minimal approbation of Shapiro’s views, come from molecular biologists. I’m not sure whether there’s something about that discipline (the complexity of molecular mechanisms?) that makes people doubt the efficacy of natural selection, or whether it’s simply that many molecular biologists don’t get a good grounding in evolutionary biology." - Jerry Coyne (author of "Why Evolution is True") Perhaps it is statements like these that have traditional Darwinists concerned: "Stated in terms of an electronic metaphor, the view of traditional genetics and conventional evolutionary theory is that the genome is a read-only memory (ROM) system subject to change by stochastic damage and copying errors. For over six decades, however, an increasingly prevalent alternative view has gained prominence. The alternative view has its basis in cytogenetic and molecular evidence. This distinct perspective treats the genome as a read-write (RW) memory system subject to nonrandom change by dedicated cell functions. ... The radical difference between the ROM and RW views of genomic information storage is basic to a 21st Century understanding of all aspects of genome action in living cells." Most evolutionary traditionalists know about transposons, retrotransposons, epigenetic inheritance, and genetic redundancy, but they may not appreciate or understand the problems it presents Darwin's theory as well as Shapiro. When Shapiro describes how these systems interrelate in such a highly controlled and complex state, and uses the phrase, "natural genetic engineering" to describe them, that seems to abandon or contradict the idea of evolution being an unguided process fed by random mutations. For me, Shapiro's book is an excellent resource for any creationist who wants to familiarize himself with the deficiencies of Darwin's theory. For years, I was told that Darwin's finches evolved by random mutations & n.s. but that has fallen apart. (see Skinner et al. "Epigenetics and the Evolution of Darwin's Finches.") With Shapiro's book, one can find explanations for why these old interpretations were deficient or just plain wrong. What astounds me however is how Shapiro can know what he knows and still hold on to the idea that "genetic engineering" (his terminology) is a "natural" process. Bill Gates was 200% correct when he said, "Human DNA is like a computer program but far, far more advanced than any software ever created." In conclusion, I highly recommend Shapiro's book to creationists who are mature enough to tease out the evidence and make conclusions that may be contrary to Shapiro's which are guided by his a priori commitment to naturalism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find it funny that you talk about us as if we were dogs but in your opinion you and i both came from dogs so i guess that means that evolutionists have claws two.P.S. one star. And i cant speak that person who gave it two stars he might not bee christian completly (which means not at all) or he might have accidentally pressed two stars.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of you are smart. Others are misguided. The Bible has all of the answers, the Book of Mormon is a seconf witness to the Bible, and the Doctrine and Covenants is a third witness. (RLDS). Please read them and discover threal truths that evolutionists are trying to take from you.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a qestion where did the apes come from? What bout the fossils have u ever thought tht if evolution were real there would be a lot more fossils to prove it? There is a huge gap between apes and human fossils. I believe God create the world and if u want to know more read the bible it will give u all the answers.