Narrow Roads of Gene Land - The Collected Papers of W. D. Hamilton

Volume 3 - Last Words

Author: William Donald Hamilton

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0198566905

Category: Science

Page: 496

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W. D. Hamilton (1936-2000) has been described by Richard Dawkins as 'a good candidate for the title of most distinguished Darwinian since Darwin'. His work on evolutionary biology continues to influence scientists working across a wide variety of disciplines, including evolution, population genetics, animal behaviour, genetics, anthropology, and ecology. This third and final volume of Narrow Roads of Gene Land contains Hamilton's key work published between 1990 and 2000, a period in which he covered a great diversity of topics, often in collaboration with other scientists. Together, this unique collection of papers with their biographical introductions (written by Hamilton's co-authors and colleagues) provides a profound portrait of one of the twentieth century's most innovative scientists.

Narrow Roads of Gene Land: Volume 2: Evolution of Sex

Author: W. D. Hamilton,William Donald Hamilton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198503361

Category: Medical

Page: 930

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The second volume of the collected papers of W D Hamilton, the most important theoretical biologist of the 20th century. Volume 1, The Evolution of Social Behaviour (OUP, still in print), was devoted to the first half of Hamilton's life's work; Volume 2 is devoted to the other half, on sex and sexual selection. Each paper is accompanied by a specially-written autobiographical introduction.

Narrow Roads of Gene Land: Evolution of social behaviour

Author: W. D. Hamilton,William Donald Hamilton

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780716745303

Category: History

Page: 552

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Why is `blood thicker than water'? Are we innately violent or pacific? Why are plants and animals sexual? Why do we grow old and die? Such questions have motivated the life-work of W.D. Hamilton, widely acknowledged as the most important theoretical biologist of the 20th century. His papers continue to exert an enormous influence and they are now being republished for the first time. This first volume contains all of Hamilton's publications prior to 1981, a set especially relevant to social behavior, kinship theory, sociobiology, and the notion of `selfish genes'. Each paper is introduced by an autobiographical essay written especially for this collection. Accessible to non-specialists, this fascinating volume features several of the most read and famous papers of modern biology.

Natures Oracle: The Life and Work of W.D.Hamilton

Author: Ullica Segerstrale

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191642762

Category: Science

Page: 464

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W.D.Hamilton (1936-2000) was responsible for a revolution in thinking about evolutionary biology - a revolution that changed our understanding of life itself. He played a central role in the realization that what matters in evolution is not the survival of the individual but of the survival of its genes. This provided the solution to the long standing problem of animal altruism that vexed even Darwin himself, and in due course resulted in terms like selfish genes, kin selection, and sociobiology becoming familiar to a wider public. Hamilton went on to solve many more major problems, and open up ever new fields - he shaped much of our currentunderstanding of central problems including the evolution of sexual reproduction and ageing. He became world famous and garnered international prizes.But this is all in hindsight. In fact, Hamiltons recognition came late - his career is a classic case of misunderstood genius. In this illuminating and moving biography Ullica Segerstrale documents Hamiltons extraordinary life and work, revealing a man of immense intellectual curiosity, an uncompromising truth-seeker, a naturalist and jungle explorer, a risk-taker, an unconventional scientist with a poets soul and a deep concern for life on earth and mankinds future.

Evolution

The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory

Author: Edward J. Larson

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 9781588365385

Category: Science

Page: 368

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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.

Selfish Genes and Christian Ethics

The Theological-ethical Implications of Evolutionary Biology

Author: Neil Messer

Publisher: SCM Press

ISBN: 0334029961

Category: Religion

Page: 290

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The evolutionary origins of human beings, and in particular the origins of human morality, have always attracted debate and speculation, not just in the academic community but in popular science and the wider general population as well. The arguments and explanations put forward over the years seem to thoroughly catch the popular imagination, but there is the danger that these explanations tend to step outside the bounds of scientific theory and become powerful popular myths instead. In Neil Messer's "Selfish Genes and Christian Ethics", the author is challenging this tendency. Instead, he provides a Christian theological anthropology, which, among other things, aims to give Christians and the churches the confidence to engage with assumptions that evolutionary theory and religious beliefs are untenable. This is a valuable resource for anyone engaged in the study of theology, providing the reader with the ability to consider both the theoretical and the practical questions raised by evolutionary discussions of ethics and morality.

An Introduction to Evolutionary Ethics

Author: Scott M. James

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444329529

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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Offering the first general introductory text to this subject, the timely Introduction to Evolutionary Ethics reflects the most up-to-date research and current issues being debated in both psychology and philosophy. The book presents students to the areas of cognitive psychology, normative ethics, and metaethics. The first general introduction to evolutionary ethics Provides a comprehensive survey of work in three distinct areas of research: cognitive psychology, normative ethics, and metaethics Presents the most up-to-date research available in both psychology and philosophy Written in an engaging and accessible style for undergraduates and the interested general reader Discusses the evolution of morality, broadening its relevance to those studying psychology

Patterns of Care

Relating Altruism in Sociobiology and the Christian Tradition of Agape

Author: Eva-Lotta Grantén

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Agape

Page: 239

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Evolutionary Psychology, The New Science of the Mind

Author: CTI Reviews

Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews

ISBN: 149026731X

Category: Education

Page: 68

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Facts101 is your complete guide to Evolutionary Psychology, The New Science of the Mind. In this book, you will learn topics such as Combating the Hostile Forces of Nature: Human Survival Problems, Womens Long-Term Mating Strategies, Mens Long-Term Mating Strategies, and Short-Term Sexual Strategies plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

Narrow Roads of Gene Land: Evolution of social behaviour

Author: W. D. Hamilton,William Donald Hamilton

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780716745303

Category: History

Page: 552

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Why is `blood thicker than water'? Are we innately violent or pacific? Why are plants and animals sexual? Why do we grow old and die? Such questions have motivated the life-work of W.D. Hamilton, widely acknowledged as the most important theoretical biologist of the 20th century. His papers continue to exert an enormous influence and they are now being republished for the first time. This first volume contains all of Hamilton's publications prior to 1981, a set especially relevant to social behavior, kinship theory, sociobiology, and the notion of `selfish genes'. Each paper is introduced by an autobiographical essay written especially for this collection. Accessible to non-specialists, this fascinating volume features several of the most read and famous papers of modern biology.

Born Cannibal

Evolution and the Paradox of Man

Author: James Miles

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Cannibalism

Page: 229

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Blowing the whistle on a shocking conspiracy of silence within the scientific community, "Born Cannibal" will anger and horrify many. The modern Darwinian era began in 1966 when George C. Williams showed us that natural selection acts at the level of the gene. And yet it has taken four decades for any Darwinian to have the courage to openly apply gene-level selection to the human animal. The results are startling. 'Man is born a cannibal. Human isn't something we are born, it is something we become'. This knowledge has been circulating within the scientific establishment for 30 years, but has never before been disclosed to the general public. Instead, scientists have deliberately allowed an heretical interpretation of Darwinian theory -- known as evolutionary psychology -- to be propagated through the media. As the author writes in his Introduction: 'This is the tale of how Darwin was betrayed by his friends, as well as by his enemies'. Passionate and wittily iconoclastic, "Born Cannibal" pulls back the curtain on scientific impartiality to reveal a Machiavellian world of fear, ego and ideology. The front cover illustration is by graphic supremo Alan Aldridge. Alan's clever reworking of the millennia-old Ouroboros archetype so perfectly summarises the running theme of "Born Cannibal". An image that has been used since time immemorial to represent the totality of nature here reminds readers that, contrary to the teachings of the evolutionary psychologists, man carries the genetic code of the rest of nature.

Theories of Human Development , A Comparative Approach

Psychology, Psychology

Author: CTI Reviews

Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews

ISBN: 1467225452

Category: Education

Page: 27

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Facts101 is your complete guide to Theories of Human Development , A Comparative Approach. In this book, you will learn topics such as Freud and Psychoanalysis, Erikson and Psychosocial Theory, Wilson and Sociobiology, and Ainsworth and Infant Attachment plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

On genetic interests

family, ethny, and humanity in an age of mass migration

Author: Frank Salter

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 388

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From the evolutionary perspective, individuals have a vital interest in the reproduction of their distinctive genes, yet genetic interests are over-looked by social and political theory. Genetic interests decrease in concentration from the family, to the ethnic group, and finally to the species as a whole. On Genetic Interests canvasses strategies and ethics for defending these genetic interests in a sustainable and universalizable manner, including thoughts on immigration, ecological carrying capacity, nationalism, secession, multiculturalism, humanism, regionalism, globalism, and elites. The value and hazards of altruism complicate all of these issues. Special interest groups are considered, such as those who are intermarried, of mixed descent, adopting, homosexual, or career women.

Essential Readings in Evolutionary Biology

Author: Francisco J. Ayala,Francisco José Ayala,John C. Avise

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421413051

Category: Science

Page: 576

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Traces scholarly thought from the nineteenth-century birth of evolutionary biology to the mapping of the human genome through forty-eight essays, arranged in chronological order, each preceded by a one-page essay that explains the significance of the chosen work.

The Darwin Wars

How Stupid Genes Became Selfish Gods

Author: Andrew Brown

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Evolution

Page: 241

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THE DARWIN WARS is an entertaining, explanatory account of the evolution of today's neo-Darwinist theories, including the influential Selfish Gene theory - and the misunderstandings and even deep hatreds they provoke. The two scientific camps are currently divided between 'Dawkinsians' on the one hand, who may not agree with Richard Dawkins about very much but are convinced Stephen Jay Gould is dangerously wrong, and the 'Gouldians' on the other hand who take the opposite view. The two sides agree that Darwinian evolution explains the appearance and complexity of living beings. They disagree about almost everything else . . . Their vitriolic attacks might seem like academic storms in a teacup but in fact they are disputing our very nature and place in the world. For the first time, an impartial observer explains and evaluates the ideas that have transformed biology since the 1960s, their importance and the criticisms that have been made of them. Above all, THE DARWIN WARS shows the profound impact these theories have had on our beliefs and our culture.