The Resource River out of eden : a Darwinian view of life, Richard Dawkins ; illustrations by Lalla Ward

River out of eden : a Darwinian view of life, Richard Dawkins ; illustrations by Lalla Ward

Label
River out of eden : a Darwinian view of life
Title
River out of eden
Title remainder
a Darwinian view of life
Statement of responsibility
Richard Dawkins ; illustrations by Lalla Ward
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
How did the replication bomb we call "life" begin and where in the world, or rather, in the universe, is it heading? Writing with characteristic wit and an ability to clarify complex phenomena (the New York Times described his style as "the sort of science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius"), Richard Dawkins confronts this ancient mystery. Dawkins has been named by the London Daily Telegraph "the most brilliant contemporary preacher of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution." More than any other contemporary scientist, he has lent credence to the idea that human beings - indeed, all living things - are mere vehicles of information, gene carriers whose primary purpose is propagation of their own DNA. In this new book, Dawkins explains evolution as a flowing river of genes, genes meeting, competing, uniting, and sometimes separating to form new species. Filled with absorbing, at times alarming, stories about the world of bees and orchids, "designed" eyes and human ancestors, River Out of Eden answers tantalizing questions: Why are forest trees tall - wouldn't each survive more economically if all were short? Why is the sex ratio fifty-fifty when relatively few males are needed to impregnate many females? Why do we inherit genes for fatal illnesses? Who was our last universal ancestor? Dawkins suggests that it was more likely to have been an Adam than an African Eve. By "reverse engineering," he deduces the purpose of life ("God's Utility Function"). Hammering home the crucial role of gradualism in evolution, he confounds those who argue that every element of, say, an eye has to function perfectly or the whole system will collapse. But the engaging, personal, frequently provocative narrative that carries us along River Out of Eden has a larger purpose: the book illustrates the nature of scientific reasoning, exposing the difficulties scientists face in explaining life. We learn that our assumptions, intuitions, origin myths, and trendy intellectual and cultural "isms" all too often lead us astray
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1941-
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Dawkins, Richard
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH430
LC item number
.D39 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Genetics
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Genetics
  • Evolutie
  • Genetica
  • Natuurlijke selectie
  • Evolucao (teoria)
  • Reproducao animal
  • Reproducao humana
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
Label
River out of eden : a Darwinian view of life, Richard Dawkins ; illustrations by Lalla Ward
Link
https://archive.org/details/riveroutofedenda00dawk
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-166) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The digital river -- All Africa and her progenies -- Do good by stealth -- God's utility function -- The replication bomb
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 172 pages
Isbn
9780465016068
Lccn
94037146
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)31376584
  • (OCoLC)ocm31376584
Label
River out of eden : a Darwinian view of life, Richard Dawkins ; illustrations by Lalla Ward
Link
https://archive.org/details/riveroutofedenda00dawk
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-166) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The digital river -- All Africa and her progenies -- Do good by stealth -- God's utility function -- The replication bomb
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 172 pages
Isbn
9780465016068
Lccn
94037146
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)31376584
  • (OCoLC)ocm31376584

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