Beyond Natural Selection by Robert WessonBeyond Natural Selection by Robert Wesson

Beyond Natural Selection

byRobert Wesson

Paperback | January 29, 1993

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in this broad and highly readable inquiry, Robert Wesson proposes an approach to evolution that is more in harmony with modern science than Darwinism or neoDarwinism. He emphasizes the importance for evolution of inner direction and the self-organizing capacities of life, a view that is better able to account for the chaotic nature of the evolutionary process and the inherent propensity of complex dynamic systems to grow more complex with time. Many examples of plants and animals support this idea, and Wesson includes both carefully documented scientific facts and intriguing anecdotes about the odd aberrations in natural selection.Books by Robert Wesson include Cosmos and Metacosmos.

Robert Wesson, a political scientist who has undergone ecdysis, is Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institute in Stanford, California.
Title:Beyond Natural SelectionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:369 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:January 29, 1993Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262731029

ISBN - 13:9780262731027


From Our Editors

In Beyond Natural Selection, Wesson points out that Darwinsim and neo-Darwinism explain only part of the richness of contemporary biota and, in fact, even deny the reality of the most important features of evolution. He begins with a useful description of Darwinian theory and the controversies over its application and then proceeds to show why natural selection cannot sufficiently account for the development of the multitude of modern species.

Editorial Reviews

"In many ways, this book is akin to a primer on current evolutionary theory. Yet, Wesson picks his points carefully as he builds the case that chaos theory offers a way of understanding order and pattern in evolution... a coherent presentation of many contemporary evolutionary conundrums as they might be addressed through a chaos framework." Science Books & Films