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The Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin’s Dilemma

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Marc W. Kirschner, John C. Gerhart, John Norton, "The Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin's Dilemma"
2005 | ISBN: 0300108656, 0300119771 | 336 pages | EPUB | 3 MB

The Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin’s Dilemma
In the 150 years since Darwin, the field of evolutionary biology has left a glaring gap in understanding how animals developed their astounding variety and complexity. The standard answer has been that small genetic mutations accumulate over time to produce wondrous innovations such as eyes and wings. Drawing on cutting-edge research across the spectrum of modern biology, Marc Kirschner and John Gerhart demonstrate how this stock answer is woefully inadequate. Rather they offer an original solution to the longstanding puzzle of how small random genetic change can be converted into complex, useful innovations.

In a new theory they call "facilitated variation," Kirschner and Gerhart elevate the individual organism from a passive target of natural selection to a central player in the 3-billion-year history of evolution. In clear, accessible language, the authors invite every reader to contemplate daring new ideas about evolution. By closing the major gap in Darwin's theory Kirschner and Gerhart also provide a timely scientific rebuttal to modern critics of evolution who champion "intelligent design."
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The Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin’s Dilemma

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Marc W. Kirschner, John C. Gerhart, John Norton, "The Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin's Dilemma"
2005 | ISBN: 0300108656, 0300119771 | 336 pages | EPUB | 3 MB

The Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin’s Dilemma
In the 150 years since Darwin, the field of evolutionary biology has left a glaring gap in understanding how animals developed their astounding variety and complexity. The standard answer has been that small genetic mutations accumulate over time to produce wondrous innovations such as eyes and wings. Drawing on cutting-edge research across the spectrum of modern biology, Marc Kirschner and John Gerhart demonstrate how this stock answer is woefully inadequate. Rather they offer an original solution to the longstanding puzzle of how small random genetic change can be converted into complex, useful innovations.

In a new theory they call "facilitated variation," Kirschner and Gerhart elevate the individual organism from a passive target of natural selection to a central player in the 3-billion-year history of evolution. In clear, accessible language, the authors invite every reader to contemplate daring new ideas about evolution. By closing the major gap in Darwin's theory Kirschner and Gerhart also provide a timely scientific rebuttal to modern critics of evolution who champion "intelligent design."
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A Short History of Western Thought (Audiobook)

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A Short History of Western Thought (Audiobook) By Stephen Trombley, read by Jonathan Keeble
Unabridged edition 2012 | 7 hours and 1 mins | ISBN: 1471203697 | M4B 62 kbps | 201 MB

A Short History of Western Thought (Audiobook)
A short, sharp and entertaining survey all aspects of the Western philosophical tradition- from the ancient Greeks to the present day
A Short History of Western Thought outlines the 2,500-year history of European ideas from the philosophers of Classical Antiquity to the thinkers of today; no major representative of any significant strand of Western thought escapes Trombley's attention. Included are the Christian Scholastic theologians of the Middle Ages, the German idealists from Kant to Hegel and the four shapers-in-chief of our modern world: the philosopher, historian and political theorist Karl Marx; the naturalist Charles Darwin, proposer of the theory of evolution; Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis; and the theoretical physicist Albert Einstein.
For an overview of the terrain, this includes more landmarks per square inch than most maps of this scale provide and suggests routes for many fascinating philosophical journeys' GUARDIAN
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Reflecting on Darwin

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Reflecting on Darwin by Eckart Voigts, Barbara Schaff, Monika Pietrzak-franger
2014 | ISBN: 1472414071 | English | 231 pages | PDF | 3 MB

Reflecting on Darwin
Taking up the historical evolution of Darwin and his theories and the cultural responses they have inspired, poses the following questions: "How are the apparatuses in the mid-nineteenth century and at the turn of the twenty-first century interconnected with bio-scientific paradigms in art, literature, culture and science? How are naturalism, determinism and Darwinism – the eugenics of the nineteenth century and the genetic coding of the twentieth century – positioned, embodied and staged in various media configurations and media genres? and "How have particular media apparatuses formed, displaced or stabilized the various concepts of humankind in the framework of evolutionary theory? Ranging from the early circulation of Darwin's ideas to the present, this interdisciplinary collection pays particular attention to Darwin's postmillennial reception. Beginning with an overview of the historical development of contemporary ecological and ethical fears, then turns to Darwin's influence on contemporary media, neo-Victorian literature and culture, science fiction literature and film, and contemporary theory. In examining the plurality of ways in which Darwin has been rewritten and reappropriated, this unique volume both mirrors and inspects the complexity of recent debates in Victorian and neo-Victorian studies.
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The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

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The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America By Douglas Brinkley
Publisher: Har.per Peren.nial 2010 | 960 Pages | ISBN: 0060565314 | PDF | 9 MB

The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America
Amazon Best of the Month, August 2009: "The movement for the conversation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method." So wrote Theodore Roosevelt, known as the "naturalist President" for his efforts in protecting wildlife and wilderness, merging preservation and patriotism into a quintessential American ideal. The Wilderness Warrior, Douglas Brinkley's massive(ly readable) new biography, intrepidly explores the wilderness of influences (Audubon and Darwin), personal relationships (Muir and Pinchot), and frontier adventures (too many to mention) that shaped Roosevelt's proto-green views.
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Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger, 3rd Edition (repost)

Peter Bevelin, "Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger, 3rd Edition"
English | 2007 | ISBN: 1578644283 | 328 pages | PDF | 12,2 MB
Peter Bevelin begins his fascinating book with Confucius' great wisdom: "A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it, is committing another mistake." Seeking Wisdom is the result of Bevelin's learning about attaining wisdom.

His quest for wisdom originated partly from making mistakes himself and observing those of others but also from the philosophy of super-investor and Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charles Munger. A man whose simplicity and clarity of thought was unequal to anything Bevelin had seen. In addition to naturalist Charles Darwin and Munger, Bevelin cites an encyclopedic range of thinkers: from first-century BCE Roman poet Publius Terentius to Mark Twain-from Albert Einstein to Richard Feynman-from 16th Century French essayist Michel de Montaigne to Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett. In the book, he describes ideas and research findings from many different fields. This book is for those who love the constant search for knowledge. It is in the spirit of Charles Munger, who says, "All I want to know is where I'm going to die so I'll never go there." There are roads that lead to unhappiness. An understanding of how and why we can "die" should help us avoid them. We can't eliminate mistakes, but we can prevent those that can really hurt us. Using exemplars of clear thinking and attained wisdom, Bevelin focuses on how our thoughts are influenced, why we make misjudgments and tools to improve our thinking. Bevelin tackles such eternal questions as: Why do we behave like we do? What do we want out of life? What interferes with our goals? Read and study this wonderful multidisciplinary exploration of wisdom. It may change the way you think and act in business and in life.

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