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

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 12, 1996 - Philosophy - 586 pages
In this groundbreaking and very accessible book, Daniel C. Dennett, the acclaimed author of Consciousness Explained, demonstrates the power of the theory of natural selection and shows how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of our place in the universe. Following Darwinian thinking to its logical conclusions is a risky business, with pitfalls for everybody. Creationists and others who reject evolution are not the only ones to fall into the traps. Many who accept the validity of Darwin's conclusions hesitate before their implications and distort his theory, fearful that it is politically incorrect or antireligious, or that it robs life of all spirituality. Dennett explains the scientific theory of natural selection in vivid terms, and shows how it extends far beyond biology.
 

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DARWIN'S DANGEROUS IDEA: Evolution and the Meanings of Life

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An explorationat a consistently high level of discourseof the implications of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, which extend far beyond biology. Dennett (director, Center for ... Read full review

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Dennett, the author of Consciousness Explained (Little, Brown, 1991) and director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, challenges us to examine Darwin's theory of evolution by ... Read full review

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
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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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