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With a New Afterword "What Darwin Got Wrong" is a remarkable book, one that dares to challenge the theory of natural selection as an explanation for how evolution works--a devastating critique not in the name of religion but in the name of good science. Combining the results of cutting-edge work in experimental biology with crystal-clear philosophical arguments, Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini mount a reasoned and convincing assault on the central tenets of Darwin's account of the origin of species. This is a concise argument that will transform the debate about evolution and move us beyond the false dilemma of being either for natural selection or against science.

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
  • 14 Apr 2011
  • Picador USA
  • English
  • Updated Picador ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 031268066X
  • 9780312680664
  • 440,847

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Jerry Fodor is a professor of philosophy and cognitive science at Rutgers University. Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini started his academic career as a biophysicist and molecular biologist and is now a professor of cognitive science at the University of Arizona.

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“[The] work acts as an important warning to those of us who think we understand natural selection.” —Oliver Burkeman, " The Guardian "“"What Darwin Got W"rong is a trenchant, entertaining assault on the very basis of contemporary evolutionary theory.” —Kenan Malik, " Literary Review "“[Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini] make a persuasive case that the role of natural selection in evolution is ripe for reassessment. To say so should not be seen as scientific heresy or capitulation to the forces of unreason—it is a brave and welcome challenge.” —Philip Ball, "The Sunday Times" (London) “[A] powerful little book . . . This book is, of course, fighting stuff, sure to be contested by those at whom it is aimed. On the face of things, however, it strikes an outsider as an overdue and valuable onslaught on neo-Darwinist simplicities.” —Mary Midgley, "The Guardian" “Philosopher Fodor and cognitive

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