Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanins of Life

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 12, 1996 - Philosophy - 586 pages
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In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet," focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe. Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends Darwin's vision with impeccable arguments to their often surprising conclusions, challenging the views of some of the most famous scientists of our day.
  

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A book about the philosophical implications of Darwinism. Written with humor and keen insight, this book has many good references for further reading. I read this book with great interest because one ... Read full review

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Contents

Preface
11
CHAPTER
17
CHAPTER
35
CHAPTER THREE
61
CHAPTER FOUR
85
CHAPTER FIVE
104
CHAPTER
124
Back Beyond Darwins Frontier
149
A Hopeful Monster
282
The Burgess Shale
299
CHAPTER ELEVEN
313
Teilhard Lamarck and Directed
320
CuiBono?
327
Mind Meaning Mathematics and Morality
333
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
370
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
401

Molecular Evolution
155
The Laws of the Game of Life
163
Eternal RecurrenceLife Without Foundations?
181
CHAPTER EIGHT
187
CHAPTER NINE
229
The Leibnizian Paradigm
238
Playing with Constraints
251
CHAPTER
262
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
428
The Library of Toshiba
437
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
453
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
494
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
511
Appendix
523
CHAPTER SEVEN
528
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Daniel Dennett is the author of Brainstorms, Elbow Room, and Consciousness Explained. He is currently the Distinguished Arts and Sciences Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He lives in North Andover, Massachusetts, with his wife and has two children.

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