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River out of eden a Darwinian view of life

How did the replication bomb we call "life" begin and where in the world, or rather, in the universe, is it heading? Writing with characteristic wit and an ability to clarify complex phenomena (the New York Times described his style as "the sort of science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius"), Richard Dawkins confronts this ancient mystery. Dawkins has been named by the London Daily Telegraph "the most brilliant contemporary preacher of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution." More than any other contemporary scientist, he has lent credence to the idea that human beings - indeed, all living things - are mere vehicles of information, gene carriers whose primary purpose is propagation of their own DNA. In this new book, Dawkins explains evolution as a flowing river of genes, genes meeting, competing, uniting, and sometimes separating to form new species. Filled with absorbing, at times alarming, stories about the world of bees and orchids, "designed" eyes and human ancestors, River Out of Eden answers tantalizing questions: Why are forest trees tall - wouldn't each survive more economically if all were short? Why is the sex ratio fifty-fifty when relatively few males are needed to impregnate many females? Why do we inherit genes for fatal illnesses? Who was our last universal ancestor? Dawkins suggests that it was more likely to have been an Adam than an African Eve. By "reverse engineering," he deduces the purpose of life ("God's Utility Function"). Hammering home the crucial role of gradualism in evolution, he confounds those who argue that every element of, say, an eye has to function perfectly or the whole system will collapse. But the engaging, personal, frequently provocative narrative that carries us along River Out of Eden has a larger purpose: the book illustrates the nature of scientific reasoning, exposing the difficulties scientists face in explaining life. We learn that our assumptions, intuitions, origin myths, and trendy intellectual and cultural "isms" all too often lead us astray.

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  • "Fleuve de la vie"
  • "River out of eden"@pl
  • "River out of Eden"@it
  • "River out of Eden"
  • "River out of Eden"@pl
  • "fleuve de la vie"

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  • "Expanding on his theory that the gene is the basic unit of evolution, the author explains how genes meet, compete, unite, and separate to form new species."
  • "How did the replication bomb we call "life" begin and where in the world, or rather, in the universe, is it heading? Writing with characteristic wit and an ability to clarify complex phenomena (the New York Times described his style as "the sort of science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius"), Richard Dawkins confronts this ancient mystery. Dawkins has been named by the London Daily Telegraph "the most brilliant contemporary preacher of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution." More than any other contemporary scientist, he has lent credence to the idea that human beings - indeed, all living things - are mere vehicles of information, gene carriers whose primary purpose is propagation of their own DNA. In this new book, Dawkins explains evolution as a flowing river of genes, genes meeting, competing, uniting, and sometimes separating to form new species. Filled with absorbing, at times alarming, stories about the world of bees and orchids, "designed" eyes and human ancestors, River Out of Eden answers tantalizing questions: Why are forest trees tall - wouldn't each survive more economically if all were short? Why is the sex ratio fifty-fifty when relatively few males are needed to impregnate many females? Why do we inherit genes for fatal illnesses? Who was our last universal ancestor? Dawkins suggests that it was more likely to have been an Adam than an African Eve. By "reverse engineering," he deduces the purpose of life ("God's Utility Function"). Hammering home the crucial role of gradualism in evolution, he confounds those who argue that every element of, say, an eye has to function perfectly or the whole system will collapse. But the engaging, personal, frequently provocative narrative that carries us along River Out of Eden has a larger purpose: the book illustrates the nature of scientific reasoning, exposing the difficulties scientists face in explaining life. We learn that our assumptions, intuitions, origin myths, and trendy intellectual and cultural "isms" all too often lead us astray."@en
  • "How did the replication bomb we call "life" begin and where in the world, or rather, in the universe, is it heading? Writing with characteristic wit and an ability to clarify complex phenomena (the New York Times described his style as "the sort of science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius"), Richard Dawkins confronts this ancient mystery. Dawkins has been named by the London Daily Telegraph "the most brilliant contemporary preacher of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution." More than any other contemporary scientist, he has lent credence to the idea that human beings - indeed, all living things - are mere vehicles of information, gene carriers whose primary purpose is propagation of their own DNA. In this new book, Dawkins explains evolution as a flowing river of genes, genes meeting, competing, uniting, and sometimes separating to form new species. Filled with absorbing, at times alarming, stories about the world of bees and orchids, "designed" eyes and human ancestors, River Out of Eden answers tantalizing questions: Why are forest trees tall - wouldn't each survive more economically if all were short? Why is the sex ratio fifty-fifty when relatively few males are needed to impregnate many females? Why do we inherit genes for fatal illnesses? Who was our last universal ancestor? Dawkins suggests that it was more likely to have been an Adam than an African Eve. By "reverse engineering," he deduces the purpose of life ("God's Utility Function"). Hammering home the crucial role of gradualism in evolution, he confounds those who argue that every element of, say, an eye has to function perfectly or the whole system will collapse. But the engaging, personal, frequently provocative narrative that carries us along River Out of Eden has a larger purpose: the book illustrates the nature of scientific reasoning, exposing the difficulties scientists face in explaining life. We learn that our assumptions, intuitions, origin myths, and trendy intellectual and cultural "isms" all too often lead us astray."
  • "Yi xian dai sheng wu xue guan dian lai jie shi sheng ming jin hua guo cheng de ke pu du wu."
  • "R. Dawkins présente ici l'évolution comme un fleuve de gènes qui se rencontrent, rivalisent, s'unissent et parfois se séparent pour former de nouvelles espèces. Nourri d'anecdotes sur les abeilles, les orchidées, les organes de la vision et les ancêtres de l'homme, ce livre répond à de multiples questions sur l'évolution des espèces."
  • ""How did the replication bomb we call "life" begin and where in the world, or rather, in the universe, is it heading? Writing with characteristic wit and an ability to clarify complex phenomena (the Ne""@en

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  • "River out of eden a Darwinian view of life"@en
  • "El río del Edén"
  • "El río del Edén"@es
  • "Le fleuve de la vie : qu'est-ce que l'évolution?"
  • "Il fiume della vita"@it
  • "Il fiume della vita"
  • "Onze onsterfelijke genen : een darwinistische kijk op leven"
  • "Und es entsprang ein Fluss in Eden : das Uhrwerk der Evolution"
  • "Le Fleuve de la vie : qu'est-ce que l'évolution?"
  • "Yi dian yuan wai de sheng ming chang he"
  • "Sungai dari Firdaus : suatu pandangan Darwinan tentang kehidupan"
  • "River out of Eden"@en
  • "River out of Eden"
  • "Le fleuve de la vie qu'est-ce-que l'évolution ?"
  • "Qu'est-ce que l'évolution? : le fleuve de la vie"
  • "River out of eden"@en
  • "Cennetten akan ırmak"
  • "Qu'est-ce que l'evolution? : le fleuve de la vie"
  • "伊甸园外的生命长河 = River out of Eden : [a Darwinian view of life]"
  • "Und es entsprang ein Fluß in Eden das Uhrwerk der Evolution"
  • "Qu'est-ce que l'évolution ? : le fleuve de la vie"
  • "伊甸园之河"
  • "Rzeka genów : darwinowski obraz życia"@pl
  • "River out of Eden : a Darwinian view of life"
  • "River out of Eden : a Darwinian view of life"@en
  • "Rzeka genów : Darwinowski obraz życia"
  • "River out of eden : a Darwinian view of life"
  • "River Out of Eden A Darwinian View of Life"
  • "El Río del edén"
  • "River out of eden : a darwinian view of life"
  • "River out of eden : a darwinian view of life"@en
  • "River out of Eden : a darwinian view of life"
  • "Viesti miljardien vuosien takaa"@fi
  • "River out of Eden : A Darwinian view of life"
  • "伊甸園外的生命長河"
  • "Yi dian yuan wai de sheng ming chang he = River out of Eden : [a Darwinian view of life]"
  • "Le fleuve de la vie : Qu'est-ce que l'Evolution ?"
  • "Rzeka genów"
  • "Rzeka genów"@pl
  • "Yidian yuan zhi he"
  • "River Out Of Eden A Darwinian View of Life"@en
  • "O potamos tēs zōēs : mia darvinikē theōrēsē"
  • "Il fiume della vita : che cosa è l'evoluzione"@it

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