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Darwin's Dangerous Idea : Evolution and the Meanings of Life

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In this groundbreaking and very accessible book, Daniel C. Dennett, the acclaimed author of Consciousness Explained, demonstrates the power of the theory of natural selection and shows how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of our place in the universe. Following Darwinian thinking to its logical conclusions is a risky business, with pitfalls for everybody. Creationists and others who reject evolution are not the only ones to fall into the traps. Many who accept the validity of Darwin's conclusions hesitate before their implications and distort his theory, fearful that it is politically incorrect or antireligious, or that it robs life of all spirituality. Dennett explains the scientific theory of natural selection in vivid terms, and shows how it extends far beyond biology.
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  • Paperback | 586 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 30mm | 439.98g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 068482471X
  • 9780684824710
  • 25,780

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Carl Sagan"The Washington Post Book World"A breath of fresh air. John Gribbin"Sunday Times," LondonThis is the best single-author overview of all the implications of evolution by natural selection available....Lucid and entertaining. Richard Dawkinsauthor of "The Blind Watchmaker"A surpassingly brilliant book. Where creative, it lifts the reader to new intellectual heights. Where critical, it is devastating. James Moorecoauthor of "Darwin"A brilliant piece of persuasion, excitingly argued and compulsively readable. Its lucid metaphors and charming analogies are reminiscent of "On the Origin of Species." Jim Holt"The Wall Street Journal"Dennett is a philosopher of rare originality, rigor, and wit. Here he does one of the things philosophers are supposed to be good at: clearing up conceptual muddles in the sciences. Richard Rorty"Lingua Franca"One of our most original and most readable philosophers....Once in a blue moon an analytic philosopher comes along who redeems his subdiscipline by combining professional persnicketiness with a romantic spirit, a vivid imagination, and a sense of humor. Jim Holt "The Wall Street Journal" Dennett is a philosopher of rare originality, rigor, and wit. Here he does one of the things philosophers are supposed to be good at: clearing up conceptual muddles in the sciences. Richard Rorty "Lingua Franca" One of our most original and most readable philosophers....Once in a blue moon an analytic philosopher comes along who redeems his subdiscipline by combining professional persnicketiness with a romantic spirit, a vivid imagination, and a sense of humor. James Moore coauthor of "Darwin" A brilliant piece of persuasion, excitingly argued and compulsively readable. Its lucid metaphors and charming analogies are reminiscent of "On the Origin of Species." John Gribbin "Sunday Times, " London This is the best single-author overview of all the implications of evolution by natural selection available....Lucid and entertaining. Richard Dawkins author of "The Blind Watchmaker" A surpassingly brilliant book. Where creative, it lifts the reader to new intellectual heights. Where critical, it is devastating. Carl Sagan "The Washington Post Book World" A breath of fresh air. Jim Holt The Wall Street Journal Dennett is a philosopher of rare originality, rigor, and wit. Here he does one of the things philosophers are supposed to be good at: clearing up conceptual muddles in the sciences. John Gribbin Sunday Times, London This is the best single-author overview of all the implications of evolution by natural selection available....Lucid and entertaining. Richard Rorty Lingua Franca One of our most original and most readable philosophers....Once in a blue moon an analytic philosopher comes along who redeems his subdiscipline by combining professional persnicketiness with a romantic spirit, a vivid imagination, and a sense of humor. Richard Dawkins author of The Blind Watchmaker A surpassingly brilliant book. Where creative, it lifts the reader to new intellectual heights. Where critical, it is devastating. Carl Sagan The Washington Post Book World A breath of fresh air. James Moore coauthor of Darwin A brilliant piece of persuasion, excitingly argued and compulsively readable. Its lucid metaphors and charming analogies are reminiscent of On the Origin of Species. Richard Rorty"Lingua Franca"One of our most original and most readable philosophers....Once in a blue moon an analytic philosopher comes along who redeems his subdiscipline by combining professional persnicketiness with a romantic spirit, a vivid imagination, and a sense of humor. Jim Holt"The Wall Street Journal"Dennett is a philosopher of rare originality, rigor, and wit. Here he does one of the things philosophers are supposed to be good at: clearing up conceptual muddles in the sciences. James Moorecoauthor of "Darwin"A brilliant piece of persuasion, excitingly argued and compulsively readable. Its lucid metaphors and charming analogies are reminiscent of "On the Origin of Species." Richard Dawkinsauthor of "The Blind Watchmaker"A surpassingly brilliant book. Where creative, it lifts the reader to new intellectual heights. Where critical, it is devastating. John Gribbin"Sunday Times," LondonThis is the best single-author overview of all the implications of evolution by natural selection available....Lucid and entertaining. Carl Sagan"The Washington Post Book World"A breath of fresh air.
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About Daniel Clement Dennett

Daniel Dennett is the author of Brainstorms, Elbow Room, and Consciousness Explained. He is currently the Distinguished Arts and Sciences Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He lives in North Andover, Massachusetts, with his wife and has two children.
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