Download PDF by Michael Ruse: Charles Darwin. Great Minds

By Michael Ruse

ISBN-10: 1405149132

ISBN-13: 9781405149136

The definitive paintings at the philosophical nature and effect of the theories of Charles Darwin, written via a widely known authority at the historical past and philosophy of Darwinism.
Broadly explores the theories of Charles Darwin and Darwin studies
Incorporates a lot information regarding sleek Biology
Offers a entire dialogue of Darwinism and Christianity – together with Creationism – through one of many best specialists within the field
Written in transparent, concise, easy language supplemented with caliber illustrations
Examines the prestige of evolutionary thought as a real idea and its implications for philosophy, epistemology and ethics
Provides a powerful realizing of the philosophical nature and impression of Darwin's thought
Holds vast allure for basic audiences outdoors the realm of educational philosophy
Strongly helps Darwinism and completely explores smooth naturalistic reasons of faith

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Qxd 18/12/2007 14:25 Page 40 Gärtner kept during several years a dwarf kind of maize with yellow seeds, and a tall variety with red seeds, growing near each other in his garden; and although these plants have separated sexes, they never naturally crossed. He then fertilized thirteen flowers of the one with the pollen of the other; but only a single head produced any seed, and this one head produced only five grains. Manipulation in this case could not have been injurious, as the plants have separated sexes.

P. 210) Darwin discussed a number of well-known but tricky instances of instinct at work: the cuckoo laying its eggs in the nests of others, the slave-making abilities of certain species of ant, and above all the intricate nest building of the honey bee, which produces combs made from wax in the form of layer upon layer of hexagonal containers, in which eggs are laid and the young reared. qxd 18/12/2007 14:25 Page 38 possibly come into being and how in particular can they be produced by selection?

I should premise that I use the term Struggle for Existence in a large and metaphorical sense, including dependence of one being on another, and including (which is more important) not only the life of the individual, but success in leaving progeny. Two canine animals in a time of dearth, may be truly said to struggle with each other which shall get food and live. But a plant on the edge of a desert is said to struggle for life against the drought, though more properly it should be said to be dependent on the moisture.

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