Did Darwin Get It Right? Essays on Games, Sex and Evolution by John Maynard Smith

By John Maynard Smith

Did Darwin Get It correct discusses the various most well liked concerns in biology this present day. Its writer, the eminently quotable John Maynard Smith, discusses such interesting conundrums as how existence begun, no matter if the mind works like a working laptop or computer, why such a lot animals and crops reproduce sexually, and the way social habit advanced out of the context of average selection--a technique which might appear to want selfishness. A funny and insightful author, John Maynard Smith has the designated skill to express the thrill of technology, its complexity and fascination, with out baffling or uninteresting his readers. In those 28 short and available essays, Maynard levels generally over such matters as technology and the media, the delivery of sociobiology, the evolution of animal intelligence and the restrictions of evolutionary concept. For his paintings at the evolution of intercourse, Smith gained the Darwin medal from the Royal Society, and he has pioneered the applying of online game conception to animal habit.

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If this address does nothing else, I hope it will discourage producers from using anonymous voices. There is, of course, a snag, which the examples I gave bring out: Miller and Attenborough are communicators rather than researchers, and Bellamy must have found that hi? work for television has cut into the time he has for {27} research. I'm glad he has done so, but few of us would be willing (or perhaps able) to do likewise. But there are many scientists who have something to say. I was myself fortunate that Peter Jones, then working for Horizon, was willing to spend a lot of time helping me to say what I wanted to say about the evolution of behaviour.

They illustrate the power of Marxism in the right hands.

Cm. Includes index. 50 1. Evolution. 2. Sex (Biology). 3. Game theory. I. Title. M298 1989 89-21809 575-dc19 CIP Contents Part 1 Science, Ideology and Myth 1 1. How to win the Nobel Prize 3 2. Storming the Fortress 8 3. Symbolism and Chance 15 4. Science and the Media 22 5. Molecules are not Enough 30 6. Science, Ideology and Myth 39 Part 2 On Human Nature 51 7. The Birth of Sociobiology 53 8. Models of Cultural and Genetic Change (written with N. Warren) 61 9. Constraints on Human Behaviour 81 10.

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