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The Evolution Of Everything

Author : Matt Ridley
ISBN : 9780062296023
Genre : Business & Economics
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Rational Optimist and Genome returns with a fascinating argument for evolution that definitively dispels a dangerous, widespread myth: that we can command and control our world. Human society evolves. Change in technology, language, morality, and society is incremental, inexorable, gradual, and spontaneous. It follows a narrative, going from one stage to the next; it creeps rather than jumps; it has its own spontaneous momentum rather than being driven from outside; it has no goal or end in mind; and it largely happens by trial and error—a version of natural selection. Much of the human world is the result of human action but not of human design: it emerges from the interactions of millions, not from the plans of a few. Drawing on fascinating evidence from science, economics, history, politics, and philosophy, Matt Ridley demolishes conventional assumptions that the great events and trends of our day are dictated by those on high, whether in government, business, academia, or organized religion. On the contrary, our most important achievements develop from the bottom up. Just as skeins of geese form Vs in the sky without meaning to and ter-mites build mud cathedrals without architects, so brains take shape without brain-makers, learning happens without teaching, and morality changes for no reason other than the prevailing fashion. Although we neglect, defy, and ignore them, bottom-up trends shape the world. The Industrial Revolution, cell phones, the rise of Asia, and the Internet were never planned; they happened. Languages emerged and evolved by a form of natural selection, as did common law. Torture, racism, slavery, and pedophilia—all once widely regarded as acceptable—are now seen as immoral despite the decline of religion in recent decades. In this wide-ranging and erudite book, Ridley brilliantly makes the case for evolution, rather than design, as the force that has shaped much of our culture, our technology, our minds, and that even now is shaping our future. As compelling as it is controversial, as authoritative as it is ambitious, Ridley’s deeply thought-provoking book will change the way we think about the world and how it works.
Category: Business & Economics

The Physics Of Life

Author : Adrian Bejan
ISBN : 9781466891340
Genre : Science
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The Physics of Life explores the roots of the big question by examining the deepest urges and properties of living things, both animate and inanimate: how to live longer, with food, warmth, power, movement and free access to other people and surroundings. Bejan explores controversial and relevant issues such as sustainability, water and food supply, fuel, and economy, to critique the state in which the world understands positions of power and freedom. Breaking down concepts such as desire and power, sports health and culture, the state of economy, water and energy, politics and distribution, Bejan uses the language of physics to explain how each system works in order to clarify the meaning of evolution in its broadest scientific sense, moving the reader towards a better understanding of the world's systems and the natural evolution of cultural and political development. The Physics of Life argues that the evolution phenomenon is much broader and older than the evolutionary designs that constitute the biosphere, empowering readers with a new view of the globe and the future, revealing that the urge to have better ideas has the same physical effect as the urge to have better laws and better government. This is evolution explained loudly but also elegantly, forging a path that flows sustainability.
Category: Science

The Evolution Of Everything

Author : Mark C. Sumner
ISBN : 0982417160
Genre : Science
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Sumner describes the struggles behind Darwin's theory of evolution and the schemes of those who have misapplied it.
Category: Science

The Evolution Of Cooperation

Author : Robert Axelrod
ISBN : 9780786734887
Genre : Business & Economics
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A famed political scientist's classic argument for a more cooperative world We assume that, in a world ruled by natural selection, selfishness pays. So why cooperate? In The Evolution of Cooperation, political scientist Robert Axelrod seeks to answer this question. In 1980, he organized the famed Computer Prisoners Dilemma Tournament, which sought to find the optimal strategy for survival in a particular game. Over and over, the simplest strategy, a cooperative program called Tit for Tat, shut out the competition. In other words, cooperation, not unfettered competition, turns out to be our best chance for survival. A vital book for leaders and decision makers, The Evolution of Cooperation reveals how cooperative principles help us think better about everything from military strategy, to political elections, to family dynamics.
Category: Business & Economics

The Battle Over The Meaning Of Everything

Author : Gordy Slack
ISBN : 9780470379318
Genre : Religion
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Presents an eyewitness account of the 2005 courtroom battle that took place in Dover, Pennsylvania, in which members of the local school board defended their view that intelligent design rather than evolution should be taught, a case that illuminates two conflicting world views and the resulting cultural, religious, and political tensions that continue to divide America.
Category: Religion

Dianetics The Evolution Of A Science

Author : La Fayette Ron Hubbard
ISBN : 9781457210914
Genre : Dianetics
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SYNOPSIS This is the story of how L. Ron Hubbard discovered the reactive mind and developed the procedures to get rid of it. Originally written for a national magazine—published to coincide with the release of Dianetics... FULL DESCRIPTION Originally written and published in national magazines to coincide with the release of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, here is L. Ron Hubbard’s own story of his developmental trail and two-decade journey to the discovery of the Reactive Mind. Evolution of a Science contains the only account of: How the optimum computing machine—the mind—works How Mr. Hubbard discovered Basic Personality How the Dynamic Principle of Existence—SURVIVE!—was first isolated How wrong answers enter into the mind and are held down, giving further wrong answers How there seem to be “Demons” of the mind How the engram was discovered How Dianetics techniques were developed That’s why Evolution of a Science is the story of the greatest adventure of all—the exploration that discovered the Reactive Mind and the technology to conquer it. He wrote it so you would know.
Category: Dianetics

Cosmology And The Evolution Of The Universe

Author : Martin Ratcliffe
ISBN : 9781573567992
Genre : Science
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This volumes in the Greenwood Guides to the Universe series covers the current scientific understanding of the creation and evolution of the universe. • Thematic chapters enhance understanding of the broad concepts presented • 66 illustrations make it easier for students to grasp the subjects discussed • A glossary of scientific and astrology-related terms facilitates reading and understanding • A bibliography of useful resources puts readers on the right track to learn more about the subjects discussed
Category: Science

The Evolution Of Shadows

Author : Jason Quinn Malott
ISBN : 9781932961843
Genre : Fiction
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Chinese-American Lian Zhao travels to Sarajevo looking for her lover, Gray Banick, an American journalist who has disappeared, and is aided by Jack MacKenzie, Gray's mentor, and Emil Todorovic, Gray's interpreter.
Category: Fiction