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The pony fish's glow: and other clues to plan and purpose in nature

Williams, George C.

ISBN 10: 046507281X / ISBN 13: 9780465072811
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Titel: The pony fish's glow: and other clues to ...

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New York, : Basic Books, [1997]. Hardcover. Dustjacket. viii. 184p. index. Condition : as new. ISBN 9780465072811[KEYWORDS: SCIENCE, Evolution (Biology). Buchnummer des Verkäufers 106843

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Inhaltsangabe: How well designed are we humans to carry out the tasks of life? A noted evolutionary biologist gives some fascinating answers.

In this compelling volume, George C. Williams illuminates the peculiar design features we humans possess, the effective adaptations that evolution has bestowed upon us, and why we have evolved the way we have. He explains such things as why we have eyes only in the front when, clearly, we'd be better off with a pair in the back as well; why we were designed to crave sugar and fat, when both have been shown to be harmful to our health; why our bodies deteriorate so badly with age; why we are vulnerable to disease; why human babies must travel through the narrow pelvic ring when they could make the trip much more safely and easily though a birth canal situated in the empty space outside the ring; and much more.

Providing a biological foundation for thought on current philosophical controversies, such as the mind-brain problem, and the definition of human life in relation to abortion rights and last rites, the author proves himself a masterful teacher of evolutionary science.

Rezension: Renowned evolutionary biologist George C. Williams promises Clues to Plan and Purpose in Nature in the subtitle of The Pony Fish's Glow, but he's being ironic. The clues he discusses all point to no plan, and most emphatically to there being no planner. Williams claims to be promoting the "adaptationist program," yet he is an advocate for the middle ground between Stephen Jay Gould and Daniel Dennett. Like the majority of working biologists, Williams believes that most features of organisms can be explained as useful adaptations, but they are adaptations with a past. People are the products of an evolutionary history that leaves even their best- designed features, such as the eye, with bugs that any competent engineer would iron out.

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