Biology under the Influence: Dialectical Essays on the Coevolution of Nature and Society



Download Biology Under The Influence Dialectical Essays On The Coevolution Of Nature And Society Author Richard C Lewontin Oknalubliniec.eu How Do We Understand The World While Some Look To The Heavens For Intelligent Design, Others Argue That It Is Determined By Information Encoded In DNA Science Serves As An Important Activity For Uncovering The Processes And Operations Of Nature, But It Is Also Immersed In A Social Context Where Ideology Influences The Questions We Ask And How We Approach The Material World Biology Under The Influence Dialectical Essays On The Coevolution Of Nature And Society Breaks From The Confirms Of Determinism, Offering A Dialectical Analysis For Comprehending A Dynamic Social And Natural World.In Biology Under The Influence, Richard Lewontin And Richard Levins Provide A Devastating Critique Of Genetic Determinism And Reductionism Within Science While Exploring A Broad Range Of Issues Including The Nature Of Science, Biology, Evolution, The Environment, Pubic Health, And Dialectics, They Dismantle The Ideology That Attempts To Naturalize Social Inequalities, Unveil The Alienation Of Science And Nature, And Illustrate How A Dialectical Position Serves As A Basis For Grappling With Historical Developments And A World Characterized By Change Biology Under The Influence Brings Together The Illuminating Essays Of Two Prominent Scientists Who Work To Demystify And Empower The Public S Understanding Of Science And Nature.Biology under the Influence: Dialectical Essays on the Coevolution of Nature and Society

Evolutionary biologist, geneticist and social commentator Leaded the development of the mathematical basis of population genetics and evolutionary theory Held an endowed chair in zoology and biology at Harvard University from 1973 to 1998, and since 2003 has been a research professor there.

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • Biology under the Influence: Dialectical Essays on the Coevolution of Nature and Society
  • Richard C. Lewontin
  • English
  • 08 April 2017
  • 9781583671573

10 thoughts on “Biology under the Influence: Dialectical Essays on the Coevolution of Nature and Society

  1. says:

    How do you discuss the relationship between biological science and social justice or at least social conflict without setting up in one camp or the other and scoffing condescendingly across the divide Lewontin and Levins suggest that you keep your eye on the whole, as it were, without rushing into a just so type of holism that, for example, assigns a grand purpose to societies or ecosystems, resulting in a functionalist theodicy Such an over extended notion of purpose or teleology as some philosophers of mind and semantics develop from natural selection theory, and some scientists claim to find in nature effectively reduces social conflicts to the playing out of evolutionary cross purposes at an epic scale of complexity Thus we have behavioral economics, sociobiology, evolutionary epistemology, and other nouveau disciplines that offer first blush explanations of social phenomena in terms of naturalist causal stories, with an emphasis on the sense of natural that connotes Normal, i.e., optimal, adapted, etc I don t know whether this or the old social Darwinism is frightening Anyway, the idea of going after the whole without adopting a facile holism amounts to dialectics, in the eyes of Lewontin and Levins Dialect...

  2. says:

    Yay A dialectical, marxist view on biology and science in general In principle that s a great and interesting topic, even if I feel that some of the attacks against modeling are a bit cheap Duh, models do not reflect reality Well, maybe that s why they are called models and not reality And I yet have to met a modeler who wouldn t sign all models are wrong, but some are useful But nevertheless I found the general ideas presented pretty interesting and there is a good amount of valid criticism in those essays as well Nay Unfortunately one notices pretty quickly that this is a collection of essays that have been published previously, because there are absurd amounts of repetition You can only read so often about the insulin blood sugar feedback loop and the possible reasons for the failure of post WW2 epidemiology before you go insane and this book really tries to take your sanity If you are interested in the topic I d recommend you only read 2 3 random essays out of ...

  3. says:

    Lewontin and Levins follow up of their brilliant The Dialectical Biologist follows a similar format It rounds up old essays from a variety of sources and on a variety of topics, held together with a loose thread of dialectical thinking Their combined lucidity is stunning and their still undimmed commitment to the cause is inspirin...

  4. says:

    Lewontin and Levin get very political in this collection but I think in a way that makes sense a fascinating read, particularly paired with Sylvia Wynter s analysis of Darwinian evolution.

  5. says:

    Like it or not, every biologist should read it.

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