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Biology Under The Influence

Author : Richard Lewontin
ISBN : 9781583673928
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How do we understand the world? While some look to the heavens for intelligent design, others argue that it is determined by information encoded in DNA. Science serves as an important activity for uncovering the processes and operations of nature, but it is also immersed in a social context where ideology influences the questions we ask and how we approach the material world. Biology Under the Influence: Dialectical Essays on the Coevolution of Nature and Society breaks from the confirms of determinism, offering a dialectical analysis for comprehending a dynamic social and natural world. In Biology Under the Influence, Richard Lewontin and Richard Levins provide a devastating critique of genetic determinism and reductionism within science while exploring a broad range of issues including the nature of science, biology, evolution, the environment, pubic health, and dialectics, They dismantle the ideology that attempts to naturalize social inequalities, unveil the alienation of science and nature, and illustrate how a dialectical position serves as a basis for grappling with historical developments and a world characterized by change. Biology Under the Influence brings together the illuminating essays of two prominent scientists who work to demystify and empower the public's understanding of science and nature.

Complex Systems In Finance And Econometrics

Author : Robert A. Meyers
ISBN : 9781441977007
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"This book consists of selections from the Encyclopedia of complexity and systems science edited by Robert A. Myers"--T.p. verso.


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Not In Our Genes

Author : Richard Lewontin
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Three eminent scientists analyze the scientific, social, and political roots of biological determinism.

The Selfish Gene

Author : Richard Dawkins
ISBN : 0192860925
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An ethologist shows man to be a gene machine whose world is one of savage competition and deceit

Una Pierna Adentro Una Pierna Afuera

Author : Richard Levins
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A partir de su propia y rica experiencia, Richard Levins profundiza en diversos aspectos destacando la función que desempeña la ciencia en la sociedad actual. Levins exhibe la dialéctica que subyace en la comprensión de la realidad, en la práctica científica cotidiana, y en las perspectivas que se abren ante nosotros. Con suma claridad coloca las discusiones clásicas acerca de la organización social del trabajo científico y sus relaciones con el modo de producción capitalista; es ahí donde tienen lugar los fuertes debates sobre la pertinencia del desarrollo de nuevos enfoques y teorías que no estén motivadas por la búsqueda de ganancia o la mera rentabilidad económica. Una pierna adentro, una pierna afuera es la primera y única obra de Richard Levins escrita originalmente en español y -especificamente- para el proyecto editoral de acceso abierto Copit-Arxives / EditoraC3.

Nature And Society

Author : Philippe Descola
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The contributors to this book focus on the relationship between nature and society from a variety of theoretical and ethnographic perspectives. Their work draws upon recent developments in social theory, biology, ethnobiology, epistemology, sociology of science, and a wide array of ethnographic case studies -- from Amazonia, the Solomon Islands, Malaysia, the Mollucan Islands, rural comunities from Japan and north-west Europe, urban Greece, and laboratories of molecular biology and high-energy physics. The discussion is divided into three parts, emphasising the problems posed by the nature-culture dualism, some misguided attempts to respond to these problems, and potential avenues out of the current dilemmas of ecological discourse.

The Dialectical Biologist

Author : Richard Levins
ISBN : 067420283X
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Scientists act within a social context and from a philosophical perspective that is inherently political. Whether they realize it or not, scientists always choose sides. The Dialectical Biologist explores this political nature of scientific inquiry, advancing its argument within the framework of Marxist dialectic. These essays stress the concepts of continual change and co-determination between organism and environment, part and whole, structure and process, science and politics. Throughout, this book questions our accepted definitions and biases, showing the self-reflective nature of scientific activity within society.

A Sand County Almanac And Sketches Here And There

Author : Aldo Leopold
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Approaches the prevalent issues in ecology from an aesthitic viewpoint, stressing the beauty and balance of nature

It Ain T Necessarily So

Author : Richard C. Lewontin
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Is our nature—as individuals, as a species—determined by our evolution and encoded in our genes? If we unravel the protein sequences of our DNA, will we gain the power to cure all of our physiological and psychological afflictions and even to solve the problems of our society? Today biologists—especially geneticists—are proposing answers to questions that have long been asked by philosophy or faith or the social sciences. Their work carries the weight of scientific authority and attracts widespread public attention, but it is often based on what the renowned evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin identifies as a highly reductive misconception: "the pervasive error that confuses the genetic state of an organism with its total physical and psychic nature as a human being." In these nine essays covering the history of modern biology from Darwin to Dolly the sheep, all of which were originally published in The New York Review of Books, Lewontin combines sharp criticisms of overreaching scientific claims with lucid expositions of the exact state of current scientific knowledge—not only what we do know, but what we don't and maybe won't anytime soon. Among the subjects he discusses are heredity and natural selection, evolutionary psychology and altruism, nineteenth-century naturalist novels, sex surveys, cloning, and the Human Genome Project. In each case he casts an ever-vigilant and deflationary eye on the temptation to look to biology for explanations of everything we want to know about our physical, mental, and social lives. These essays—several of them updated with epilogues that take account of scientific developments since they were first written—are an indispensable guide to the most controversial issues in the life sciences today. The second edition of this collection includes new essays on genetically modified food and the completion of the Human Genome Project. It is an indispensable guide to the most controversial issues in the life sciences today.

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