Darwinian Reductionism: Or, How to Stop Worrying and Love by Alexander Rosenberg

By Alexander Rosenberg

After the invention of the constitution of DNA in 1953, scientists operating in molecular biology embraced reductionism—the thought that every one advanced structures may be understood when it comes to their parts. Reductionism, even though, has been largely resisted via either nonmolecular biologists and scientists operating outdoor the sector of biology. lots of those antireductionists, however, include the inspiration of physicalism—the concept that all organic techniques are actual in nature. How, Alexander Rosenberg asks, can those self-proclaimed physicalists even be antireductionists?

With readability and wit, Darwinian Reductionism navigates this tough and probably intractable dualism with convincing research and well timed facts. within the spirit of the few uncommon biologists who settle for reductionism—E. O. Wilson, Francis Crick, Jacques Monod, James Watson, and Richard Dawkins—Rosenberg presents a philosophically refined safeguard of reductionism and applies it to molecular developmental biology and the idea of common choice, eventually proving that the physicalist should also be a reductionist.

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