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Darwin's Legacy

What Evolution Means Today

Darwin's Legacy by John A. Dupré
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This book shows that although there are particular aspects of the theory of evolution which remain controversial, and issues still to be settled, there can no longer be any doubt that the basis of the theory is true. It examines the consequences for our view of human nature, religion, and non-human animals. John Dupr--eacute--; also investigates the appropriation of evolutionary biology by psychologists, and argues that their claims are largely spurious: despite its status as one ofthe most important scientific ideas of all time, the theory of evolution has very little to tell us about the details of human nature and human behaviour, such as language, culture, and sexuality. - ;The theory of evolution has fundamentally changed our view of the universe and our place in it. By providing a radically new vision of the origin of human beings, it challenged long-held assumptions about our own significance, and undermined the major arguments for the existence of God. But almost 150 years after the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species these implications are still not properly understood, and in some sectors of society they are actively resisted.The last decade has also seen the rise of a new field, evolutionary psychology, which takes the theory of evolution to provide insight into aspects of human culture and behaviour as diverse as language, morality, sexuality, and art. This book shows that although there are particular aspects of the theory of evolution which remain controversial, and issues still to be settled, there can no longer be any doubt that the basis of the theory is true. It examines the consequences for our view of human nature, religion, and non-human animals. John Dupr--eacute--; then investigates the appropriation of evolutionary biology by psychologists, and argues that their claims are largely spurious: despite its status as one of the mostimportant scientific ideas of all time, the theory of evolution has very little to tell us about the details of human nature and human behaviour. -
Oxford University Press; November 2003
148 pages; ISBN 9780191501005
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Title: Darwin's Legacy
Author: John A. Dupré
 
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0191638285
9780191501005
9780191638282
9780192803375