Beyond Mechanism: Putting Life Back Into Biology by Brian G. Henning,Adam Scarfe

By Brian G. Henning,Adam Scarfe

It has been stated that new discoveries and advancements within the human, social, and traditional sciences dangle “in the air” (Bowler, 1983; 2008) sooner than their consummation. whereas neo-Darwinist biology has been powerfully served through its mechanistic metaphysic and a reductionist method during which residing organisms are thought of machines, some of the chapters during this quantity position this paradigm into query. Pairing scientists and philosophers jointly, this quantity explores what should be termed “the New Frontiers” of biology, particularly modern parts of analysis that seem to name an updating, a supplementation, or a rest of a few of the most tenets of the trendy Synthesis. Such parts of research contain: Emergence conception, structures Biology, Biosemiotics, Homeostasis, Symbiogenesis, area of interest development, the speculation of natural choice (also often called “the Baldwin Effect”), Self-Organization and Teleodynamics, in addition to Epigenetics. lots of the chapters during this e-book supply serious reflections at the neo-Darwinist outlook and paintings to advertise a singular synthesis that's open to a better measure of inclusivity in addition to to a extra holistic orientation within the organic sciences.

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