The Mermaid's Tale: Four Billion Years of Cooperation in the Making of Living Things

The Mermaid's Tale: Four Billion Years of Cooperation in the Making of Living Things

by Kenneth M. Weiss, Anne V. Buchanan
     
 

Although relentless competitive natural selection is widely assumed to be the primary mover of evolutionary change, this book shows how life more generally works on the basis of cooperation. The book reveals that the focus on competition and cooperation is largely an artifact of the compression of time—a distortion that dissolves when the nature and origins of… See more details below

Overview

Although relentless competitive natural selection is widely assumed to be the primary mover of evolutionary change, this book shows how life more generally works on the basis of cooperation. The book reveals that the focus on competition and cooperation is largely an artifact of the compression of time—a distortion that dissolves when the nature and origins of adapted life are viewed primarily from developmental and evolutionary time scales.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674031937
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
971,574
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

  • Preface: A Biography of Life


    Part I. The Time of Life: A Broadening Perspective
  1. Life as History
  2. Opening the Pentagon
  3. Principles of Life
  4. Inheritance with Memory
  5. Walking down Memory Lane

  6. Part II. The Logic of Life: Complexity Made Simply
  7. Cells as Cytospecies
  8. Life on the Devo Scale: Cytospeciation and the Logic of Development
  9. Life on the Eco Scale: Directed Change from a Threatening, Unpredictable World
  10. Life on the Eco Scale: Making Sense of Complexity

  11. Part III. The Consistency of Life: EcoDevoEvo
  12. Form Emerges in Many Ways
  13. The Cooperative Genome
  14. “Ligand Seeking Receptor. Objective: Binding Relationship”

  • Appendix A
  • Appendix B
  • Appendix C
  • Suggested Reading by General Category
  • References
  • Index

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