Biology under the Influence Dialectical Essays on the Coevolution of Nature and Society

ISBN-10: 1583671579
ISBN-13: 9781583671573
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Publication date: 11/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

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.

Richard Levins is John Rock Professor of Population Sciences, Department of Population and International Health at Harvard University.

Dedication
Introduction
The End of Natural History?
The Return of Old Diseases and the Appearance of New Ones
False Dichotomies
Chance and Necessity
Organism and Environment
The Biological and the Social
How Different Are Natural and Social Science?
Does Anything New Ever Happen?
Life on Other Worlds
Are We Programmed?
Evolutionary Psychology
Let the Numbers Speak
The Politics of Averages
Schmalhausen's Law
A Program for Biology
Ten Propositions on Science and Antiscience
Dialectics and Systems Theory
Aspects of Whole and Parts in Population Biology
Strategies of Abstraction
The Butterfly ex Machina
Educating the Intuition to Cope with Complexity
Preparing for Uncertainty
Greypeace
Genes, Environment, and Organisms
The Dream of the Human Genome
Does Culture Evolve?
Is Capitalism a Disease?: The Crisis in U.S. Public Health
Science and Progress: Seven Developmentalist Myths in Agriculture
The Maturing of Capitalist Agriculture: Farmer as Proletarian
How Cuba Is Going Ecological
Living the 11th Thesis
Notes
Index

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