The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Today
Cambridge University Press, 1993. szept. 24. - 490 oldal
This book is a success story. It explains two long-running puzzles of the theory of natural selection. How can natural selection favour those, like the ant, that renounce tooth and claw in favour of the public-spirited ways of the commune? How can it explain the peacock's tail, flamboyant and a burden to its bearer; surely selection would act against useless ornamentation? Helena Cronin's enthralling account blends history, science and philosophy in a gripping tale that is scholarly, entertaining and eminently readable. The hardback edition was selected by Nature as one of the best scientific books in 1992. Also the New York Times chose it as one of their best books of 1992. The author divides her time between the Philosophy Department at the London School of Economics and the Zoology Department at Oxford.
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A world without Darwin
1859 and beyond
Goodbye to all that
Darwinism old and new
Organism to gene
Structures to strategists
Complexities and diversities
Until careful experiments are made
Ghosts of Darwinism surpassed
A happy ending to the peacocks tale
Altruism levelled down
Demarcations of design
The scrapheap of chance
Strange deviations tied together
Artefacts of our minds
The sting in the peacocks tail
The career of a controversy
Nothing but natural selection?
Coloration for protection
Coloration for recognition
Explaining away display
Coloration without selection
Males for Darwin females for Wallace?
A century of natural selection
Can females shape males?
Not choosing just looking
The instability of a vicious feminine caprice
The trouble with taste
Do sensible females prefer sexy males?
Not just a pretty tail
Is good sense sensible?
Good taste makes good sense
The social insects Kind kin
Make dove not war Conventional forces
Human altruism A natural kind?
Wise before the event
Morality at enmity with nature
Darwinian bodies Lamarckian minds
Breeding between the lines
Speciating for the greater good
Mating or weaning?
The problem for Darwin and Wallace
Incidental not endowed
Incidental not selected
Darwins adaptive interlude
The power of natural selection
NOTE ON THE LETTERS OF DARWIN AND WALLACE
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