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Excellent look at how darwinism has been "misused to destroy mans connection with his enviroment the artificial pursuit of the Superman DNF I "to destroy mans connection with his in the artificial pursuit of the Superman DNF I t finish this despite attempts to persevere over the two weeks that I tried to read this I just couldn t despite being very interested in the subject Supposedly the book was about Darwinism and whether we should be talking about selfish enes and selfish behaviour or whether co operation is what we should be talking about Except Darwin never claimed to promote selfishness as the way to o it s just an oversimplification to assume that The book ended up being page upon page of uotes supposedly backing up the authors rejection of what amounts to an assumption about Darwin Except the uotes don t back the author s viewpoint up I m a bit of a Darwinist but tried desperately to read this with no preconceptions and would like to think I was open minded However when the book is as poorly constructed as it is I m unlikely to be convinced to cha. The first title to launch a new series of books Heretics Mary Midgley is the doyenne of British. ,
Mary Midgley ✓ 8 Read & DownloadS anthropomorphic and therefore off the markShe discusses the link I loved this Against The Excessive #against excessive and competition based model of recent Darwinianism that was very far from what Darwin had in mind It is also increasingly undermined by recent research which suggests that natural selection is not the only process at work no not intelligent design so much as the laws of "physics on what structures are possibleand the same solution is often independently arrived at Also competition and synergy are as "on what structures are possibleand the same solution is often independently arrived at Also competition and synergy are as as competitive nature red in tooth and claw Obvious when you think about it unless you have a Social Darwinian perspective Anyway a reat concise mind opening read Disappointing book as Midgley spends to much time slating Richard Dawkins in a rather boorish personal way rather than offering arguments she believed she possessedChapter 5 and 6 were a little encouraging as she expanded on her thoughts on the themeExpected from someone held in high regard by man. Accounts of human motivation most notably in the work of evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. ,
Nge my mind by what is written Always "interesting and worth reading you definetly do not "and worth reading You definetly do not to be on her bad "side I just wonder what Richard Dawkin s response was as she really does take him "I just wonder what Richard Dawkin s response was as she really does take him the cleaners and have a o at him for on the one hand not fully taking on board the complexity of Darwin s ideas and on the other hand for trying to reduce everything to rather simplistic terms She is no friend of reductionism of any sort I feel I need to read it to rather simplistic terms She is no friend of reductionism of any sort I feel I need to read it however as it was some of the almost throw away points Ms Midgely makes which seemed most interesting Among moral philosophers Mary Midgley has a razor sharp mind and when she speaks I listen Her new book is The Solitary Self Darwin and the Selfish Gene As the title suggests in the book she takes up her long standing disagreement with Richard Dawkins and his The Selfish Gene an extremely important book which nonetheless appeals to a rather limited understanding of Darwin according to Midgley She points out that Dawkins title Moral philosophers The book is a formidable critiue of the use of Darwin’s ideas in modern day. .