Darwinian Fairytales: Selfish Genes, Errors of Heredity and Other Fables of Evolution

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Encounter Books, Feb 1, 2006 - Philosophy - 345 pages
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Whatever your opinion of ‘Intelligent Design,’ you’ll find Stove’s criticism of what he calls ‘Darwinism’ difficult to stop reading. Stove’s blistering attack on Richard Dawkins’ ‘selfish genes’ and ‘memes’ is unparalleled and unrelenting. A discussion of spiders who mimic bird droppings is alone worth the price of the book. Darwinian Fairytales should be read and pondered by anyone interested in sociobiology, the origin of altruism, and the awesome process of evolution. --Martin Gardner, author of Did Adam and Eve Have Navels?: Debunking Pseudoscience
 

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Darwinian Fairytales : Selfish Genes, Errors of Heredity and Other Fables of Evolution

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Like a clever agnostic in Sunday school, Stove (Scientific Irrationalism) relentlessly frustrates Darwinism in this posthumous collection of 11 linked essays. To the chagrin of creationists, however ... Read full review

Contents

Essay 1Darwinisms Dilemma
3
Essay 2Where DarwinFirst Went Wrong About Man
21
Essay 3But What About WarPestilence and All That?
47
Essay 4Population Privilege and Malthus Retreat
58
Essay 5A Horse in the Bathroom orThe Struggle for Life
77
Essay 6Tax and the Selfish Girl orDoes Altruism Need Inverted Commas?
115
Essay 7Genetic Calvinism orDemons and Dawkins
172
Essay 8He Aint Heavy Hes my Brotheror Altruism and Shared Genes
198
Essay 9A New Religion
248
Essay 10Paleys Revenge or Purpose Regained
258
Essay 11Errors of Heredity orthe Irrelevance of Darwinism to Human Life
307
Acknowledgments
327
Notes
329
Index
341
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David Stove taught philosophy at the University of New South Wales & until his retirement in 1988, at the University of Sydney.

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