Biology Under the Influence

Author: Richard Lewontin
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1583671587
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How do we understand the world? While some look to the heavens for intelligent design, others argue that it is determined by information encoded in DNA. Science serves as an important activity for uncovering the processes and operations of nature, but it is also immersed in a social context where ideology influences the questions we ask and how we approach the material world. Biology Under the Influence: Dialectical Essays on the Coevolution of Nature and Society breaks from the confirms of determinism, offering a dialectical analysis for comprehending a dynamic social and natural world. In Biology Under the Influence, Richard Lewontin and Richard Levins provide a devastating critique of genetic determinism and reductionism within science while exploring a broad range of issues including the nature of science, biology, evolution, the environment, pubic health, and dialectics, They dismantle the ideology that attempts to naturalize social inequalities, unveil the alienation of science and nature, and illustrate how a dialectical position serves as a basis for grappling with historical developments and a world characterized by change. Biology Under the Influence brings together the illuminating essays of two prominent scientists who work to demystify and empower the public's understanding of science and nature.

Saved

Author: Edward Bond
Publisher: Methuen
ISBN: 9781408100103
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Described by Edward Bond as 'almost irresponsibly optimistic', Saved is a play set in London in the sixties and reflects a time of social change. Its subject is the cultural poverty and frustration of a generation of young people on the dole and living on council estates. The play was first staged privately in November 1965 at the Royal Court Theatre for members of the English Stage Society at a time when plays were still censored. With its scenes of violence, including the stoning of a baby in its stroller, Saved became a notorious play and a cause celebre. It has since had a profound influence on a whole new generation of writers who emerged in the 1990s. Commentary and notes by David Davis. Edward Bond is one of the great British playwrights of the twentieth/twenty-first centuries whose work first came to prominence in the 1960s. In recent years there have been revivals of several of his major plays, including Lear, Restoration and The Sea. Methuen Drama publishes eight volumes of his work. Commentary and notes by David Davis. Described by Edward Bond as "almost irresponsibly optimistic," Saved is a play set in London in the sixties and reflects a time of social change. Its subject is the cultural poverty and frustration of a generation of young people on the dole and living on council estates. The play was first staged privately in November 1965 at the Royal Court Theatre for members of the English Stage Society at a time when plays were still censored. With its scenes of violence, including the stoning of a baby in its stroller, Saved became a notorious play and a cause celebre. It has since had a profound influence on a whole new generation of writers who emerged in the 1990s. "Bond's grimly powerful indignation is a reminder that a society that maintains an underclass tolerates a measure of barbarity."—The New York Times

Complex Systems in Finance and Econometrics

Author: Robert A. Meyers
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1441977007
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"This book consists of selections from the Encyclopedia of complexity and systems science edited by Robert A. Myers"--T.p. verso.

Biology As Ideology

Author: Richard Lewontin
Publisher: House of Anansi
ISBN: 0887848478
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R. C. Lewontin is a prominent scientist -- a geneticist who teaches at Harvard -- yet he believes that we have placed science on a pedestal, treating it as an objective body of knowledge that transcends all other ways of knowing and all other endeavours. Lewontin writes in this collection of essays, which began their life as CBC Radio's Massey Lectures Series for 1990: "Scientists do not begin life as scientists, after all, but as social beings immersed in a family, a state, a productive structure, and they view nature through a lens that has been molded by their social experience. . . . Science, like the Church before it, is a supremely social institution, reflecting and reinforcing the dominant values and vices of society at each historical epoch." In Biology as Ideology Lewontin examines the false paths down which modern scientific ideology has led us. By admitting science's limitations, he helps us rediscover the richness of nature -- and appreciate the real value of science.

The Dialectical Biologist

Author: Richard Levins
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674202832
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Scientists act within a social context and from a philosophical perspective that is inherently political. Whether they realize it or not, scientists always choose sides. The Dialectical Biologist explores this political nature of scientific inquiry, advancing its argument within the framework of Marxist dialectic. These essays stress the concepts of continual change and co-determination between organism and environment, part and whole, structure and process, science and politics. Throughout, this book questions our accepted definitions and biases, showing the self-reflective nature of scientific activity within society.

The Selfish Gene

Author: Richard Dawkins
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192860927
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An ethologist shows man to be a gene machine whose world is one of savage competition and deceit

Una pierna adentro una pierna afuera

Author: Richard Levins
Publisher: CopIt ArXives
ISBN: 1938128079
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A partir de su propia y rica experiencia, Richard Levins profundiza en diversos aspectos destacando la función que desempeña la ciencia en la sociedad actual. Levins exhibe la dialéctica que subyace en la comprensión de la realidad, en la práctica científica cotidiana, y en las perspectivas que se abren ante nosotros. Con suma claridad coloca las discusiones clásicas acerca de la organización social del trabajo científico y sus relaciones con el modo de producción capitalista; es ahí donde tienen lugar los fuertes debates sobre la pertinencia del desarrollo de nuevos enfoques y teorías que no estén motivadas por la búsqueda de ganancia o la mera rentabilidad económica. Una pierna adentro, una pierna afuera es la primera y única obra de Richard Levins escrita originalmente en español y -especificamente- para el proyecto editoral de acceso abierto Copit-Arxives / EditoraC3.