New PDF release: The Life Beyond Molecules and Genes: In Search of Harmony

By Stephen Rothman

ISBN-10: 1599472503

ISBN-13: 9781599472508

What makes us alive? Is it our DNA? Our genetics? Is it our atomic composition that offers us lifestyles? one way or the other, all of this feels notably dissonant from our daily event. In Life past Molecules and Genes, experimental biologist Stephen Rothman makes the daring case that it's, actually, our adaptive talents, hewn by way of evolution, that make us alive. In making this aspect, he unearths a hidden concord among technological know-how and lifestyles as we are living it.

The generally permitted realizing of adaptive houses (e.g., the talents to procure nutrients, steer clear of predators, procreate) has been that those are activities of dwelling issues or characteristics that they exhibit. Rothman makes the provocative statement that this foundational component of the trendy materialist standpoint is totally backwards. Our adaptive houses don't exist simply because we're alive, yet really we're alive simply because they exist. the consequences of this statement flip the idea of evolution through average choice on its head via revealing that lifestyles transcends its fabric nature.

Students and students of the organic sciences in addition to these attracted to the philosophy of technological know-how will locate this paintings either attention-grabbing and demanding, maybe even debatable. for hundreds of years, the sphere of biology has enthusiastic about the probably mundane activity of choosing and cataloging life's chemicals, whereas ignoring its grand query: "What is it that makes us alive?" With Life past Molecules and Genes, might be the sector will circulation a section nearer towards an answer.

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