Lifelines: Life Beyond The Gene

Paperback | September 30, 2003

bySteven Rose

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A distinct voice in the nature/nurture debate, Rose's series of essays are a response to the biological reductionism of Richard Dawkins's book, The Selfish Gene (OUP, 1990), which insists that all aspects of human life are in our genes, and everything arises as a consequence of naturalselection. Rose argues that life depends on the elaborate web of interactions that occur within cells, organisms, and ecosystems, and in which DNA has but one part to play.

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A distinct voice in the nature/nurture debate, Rose's series of essays are a response to the biological reductionism of Richard Dawkins's book, The Selfish Gene (OUP, 1990), which insists that all aspects of human life are in our genes, and everything arises as a consequence of naturalselection. Rose argues that life depends on the ela...

Steven Rose is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biology, Open University. He won the 1993 British Science Book Prize for The Making of Memory, and is also the author of The Conscious Brain and Not in Our Genes.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.59 inPublished:September 30, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195150392

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PrefaceCredits1. Biology, Freedom, Determinism2. Observing and Intervening3. Knowing What We Know4. The Triumph of Reductionism?5. Genes and Organisms6. Lifelines7. Universal Darwinism?8. Beyond Ultra-Darwinism9. Origin Myths10. The Poverty of Reductionism11. Envoi: Making Biology Whole AgainBibliographyIndex

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"As an alternative viewpoint in modern biology, this book is recommended for all large natural history collections."--Library Journal