9780618118120-0618118128-Darwin's Blind Spot: Evolution Beyond Natural Selection

Darwin's Blind Spot: Evolution Beyond Natural Selection

ISBN-13: 9780618118120
ISBN-10: 0618118128
Edition: 0
Author: Ryan, Frank
Publication date: 2002
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Hardcover 320 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780618118120
ISBN-10: 0618118128
Edition: 0
Author: Ryan, Frank
Publication date: 2002
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Hardcover 320 pages

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Acknowledged authors Ryan, Frank wrote Darwin's Blind Spot: Evolution Beyond Natural Selection comprising 320 pages back in 2002. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0618118128 and 9780618118120. Since then Darwin's Blind Spot: Evolution Beyond Natural Selection textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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While Charles Darwin's vision of evolution was brilliant, natural selection ignores a crucial force that helps to explain the diversity and wonder of life: symbiosis. In Darwin's Blind Spot, Frank Ryan shows how the blending of life forms through symbiosis has resulted in gigantic leaps in evolution. The dependence of many flowering plants on insects and birds for pollination is an important instance of symbiosis. More surprising may be the fact that our cells have incorporated bacteria that allow us to breathe oxygen. And the equivalent of symbiosis within a species -- cooperation -- has been a vital, although largely ignored, force in human evolution. In Ryan's view, cooperation, not competition, lies at the heart of human society.
Ryan mixes stories of the many strange and beautiful results of symbiosis with accounts of the dramatic historic rivalries over the expansion of Darwin's theory. He also examines controversial research being done today, including studies suggesting that symbiosis among viruses led to the evolution of mammals and thus of humans. Too often Darwin's interpreters have put excessive emphasis on competition and struggle as the only forces in evolution. But the idea of "survival of the fittest" does not always reign. Symbiosis is critically important to the richness of Earth's life forms.

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