Deep Structure of Biology : Is Convergence Sufficiently Ubiquitous to Give a Directional Signal

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  • Copyright: 2008-05-01
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In The Deep Structure of Biology, twelve renowned scientists, philosophers, and theologians examine the phenomenon of convergence in biology, providing examples found in plants, animals, and microbes, and expand on the topic by discussing metaphysical implications that emerge if it is determined that the processes of evolution are more predictable than customarily thought.

Author Biography

Simon Conway Morris is professor of evolutionary palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge where he received his Ph.D. A Gifford Lecturer in 2007, he is a fellow of the Royal Society and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Walcott Medal of the National Academy of Sciences and the Lyell Medal of the Geological Society of London

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Chance and Necessity in Evolutionp. 3
Convergent Evolution: A Periodic Table of Life?p. 17
Life's Evolutionary History: Is It Determinate or Indeterminate?p. 32
Evolution and Convergence: Some Wider Considerationsp. 46
Aspects of Plant Intelligence: Convergence and Evolutionp. 68
Convergent Evolution, Serendipity, and Intelligence for the Simple Mindedp. 111
Canny Corvids and Political Primates: A Case for Convergent Evolution in Intelligencep. 128
Social and Cultural Evolution in the Ocean: Convergences and Contrasts with Terrestrial Systemsp. 143
The Illusion of Purpose in Evolution: A Human Evolutionary Perspectivep. 161
Purpose in a Darwinian Worldp. 178
Plumbing the Depths: A Recovery of Natural Law and Natural Wisdom in the Context of Debates about Evolutionary Purposep. 195
Purpose in Nature: On the Possibility of a Theology of Evolutionp. 218
Contributorsp. 233
Indexp. 237
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