Evolutionist At Large

Author: Grant 1848-1899 Allen
Publisher: Wentworth Press
ISBN: 9781362472612
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Once We All Had Gills

Author: Rudolf A. Raff
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253002354
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Raff tells how and why he became an evolutionary biologist and describes some of the vibrant and living science of evolution.


Author: Edward J. Larson
Publisher: Modern Library
ISBN: 1588365387
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“I often said before starting, that I had no doubt I should frequently repent of the whole undertaking.” So wrote Charles Darwin aboard The Beagle, bound for the Galapagos Islands and what would arguably become the greatest and most controversial discovery in scientific history. But the theory of evolution did not spring full-blown from the head of Darwin. Since the dawn of humanity, priests, philosophers, and scientists have debated the origin and development of life on earth, and with modern science, that debate shifted into high gear. In this lively, deeply erudite work, Pulitzer Prize–winning science historian Edward J. Larson takes us on a guided tour of Darwin’s “dangerous idea,” from its theoretical antecedents in the early nineteenth century to the brilliant breakthroughs of Darwin and Wallace, to Watson and Crick’s stunning discovery of the DNA double helix, and to the triumphant neo-Darwinian synthesis and rising sociobiology today. Along the way, Larson expertly places the scientific upheaval of evolution in cultural perspective: the social and philosophical earthquake that was the French Revolution; the development, in England, of a laissez-faire capitalism in tune with a Darwinian ethos of “survival of the fittest”; the emergence of Social Darwinism and the dark science of eugenics against a backdrop of industrial revolution; the American Christian backlash against evolutionism that culminated in the famous Scopes trial; and on to today’s world, where religious fundamentalists litigate for the right to teach “creation science” alongside evolution in U.S. public schools, even as the theory itself continues to evolve in new and surprising directions. Throughout, Larson trains his spotlight on the lives and careers of the scientists, explorers, and eccentrics whose collaborations and competitions have driven the theory of evolution forward. Here are portraits of Cuvier, Lamarck, Darwin, Wallace, Haeckel, Galton, Huxley, Mendel, Morgan, Fisher, Dobzhansky, Watson and Crick, W. D. Hamilton, E. O. Wilson, and many others. Celebrated as one of mankind’s crowning scientific achievements and reviled as a threat to our deepest values, the theory of evolution has utterly transformed our view of life, religion, origins, and the theory itself, and remains controversial, especially in the United States (where 90% of adults do not subscribe to the full Darwinian vision). Replete with fresh material and new insights, Evolution will educate and inform while taking readers on a fascinating journey of discovery. From the Hardcover edition.

Victorian Popularizers Of Science

Author: Bernard Lightman
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226481174
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The ideas of Charles Darwin and his fellow Victorian scientists have had an abiding effect on the modern world. But at the time The Origin of Species was published in 1859, the British public looked not to practicing scientists but to a growing group of professional writers and journalists to interpret the larger meaning of scientific theories in terms they could understand and in ways they could appreciate. Victorian Popularizers of Science focuses on this important group of men and women who wrote about science for a general audience in the second half of the nineteenth century. Bernard Lightman examines more than thirty of the most prolific, influential, and interesting popularizers of the day, investigating the dramatic lecturing techniques, vivid illustrations, and accessible literary styles they used to communicate with their audience. By focusing on a forgotten coterie of science writers, their publishers, and their public, Lightman offers new insights into the role of women in scientific inquiry, the market for scientific knowledge, tensions between religion and science, and the complexities of scientific authority in nineteenth-century Britain.

The Painful Agony Of The Evolutionist Myth

Author: Marcel Toussaint
Publisher: BookRix
ISBN: 3739646047
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The author of this e-book is an engineer and physicist who specialized in space technologies. After a few years at the European Space Agency, he occupied for some 30 years the position of director of studies in a Paris-based industrial think tank. He is the father of ten children. After his retirement, he endeavored to obtain a degree in theology in an academic institution frequented by numerous seminarians and members of religious orders. He was appalled by what he discovered there. It has been said that in the Bible everything can be put in doubt with the exception of the footnotes. This is exactly what he found out. Where he had expected to receive an in-depth intellectual introduction to theological matters, he found himself subjected to a sort of brain washing aiming at replacing all what he had learned in his childhood and in a lifetime as a practicing catholic by the most futile modern fantasies and in particular by the imaginations of the theory of evolution. Evolution is for our time what Arianism was in the first centuries: the major heresy. It is even more than an heresy, an anti-theology which attributes to materialistic processes what used to be and should always be attributed to God's power and love. Nevertheless a large crowd of theologians, exegetes, professors and bishops adhere to this theory with an enthusiasm that they justify by claiming that science has proven its adequation to reality without any doubt. Evolution is more than a theory, they claim, this is the consensus of the scientists and it would be a sin against truth not to admit it. Refusing to accept that, the author decided to inquire about the scientific foundations of evolution. He quickly discovered that not only were such foundations most unconvincing, but that several of the most vocal defenders of the theory candidly admitted the patent absurdity of some of its constructs (Richard Lewontin) and that their aim was purely ideological or rather anti-religious. The results of his work were published in two books : "La terrible Responsabilité de l'exégèse moderne dans la crise de l'Église” (Edilivre, Paris, 2015) and "Modern Exegesis, the Theory of Evolution and the Decline of Catholicism in the West” (2016, Available on Amazon). The present e-book summarizes the scientific arguments opposing evolution with a special focus on the time line of the beginnings of mankind.

Strickberger S Evolution

Author: Brian K. Hall
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
ISBN: 1449663907
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Thoroughly updated and reorganized, Strickberger's Evolution, Fourth Edition, presents biology students with a basic introduction to prevailing knowledge and ideas about evolution, discussing how, why, and where the world and its organisms changed throughout history. Keeping consistent with Strickberger's engaging writing style, the authors carefully unfold a broad range of philosophical and historical topics that frame the theories of today including cosmological and geological evolution and its impact on life, the origins of life on earth, the development of molecular pathways from genetic systems to organismic morphology and function, the evolutionary history of organisms from microbes to animals, and the numerous molecular and populational concepts that explain the earth's dynamic evolution. Important Notice: The digital edition of this book is missing some of the images or content found in the physical edition.

Evolution And The Problem Of Natural Evil

Author: Michael Anthony Corey
Publisher: Rowman and Littlefield
ISBN: 9780761818120
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Is the evolutionary process intelligently designed? If so, why did the Creator choose such an evil-infested means to create the biosphere? What is the intrinsic nature of evil itself? Is natural evil necessary? Is evil compatible with the existence of God? Will the world's evils ever be totally redeemed? What place does humanity occupy in the cosmic scheme of things? Evolution and the Problem of Natural Evil attempts to answer these and other timeless questions by proposing a bold new conceptual synthesis that aggressively marries the tenets of modern developmental psychology to the basic concepts of classical theism. The end result of this novel approach is deeply encouraging, insofar as it places the problem of evil, as well as the general fate of human existence, in a much larger and more optimistic context than has traditionally been imagined.