Metaphysics and the Origin of Species

Author: Michael T. Ghiselin
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791434673
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In explaining his individuality thesis, Michael T. Ghiselin provides extended discussions of such philosophical topics as definition, the reality of various kinds of groups, and how we classify traits and processes. He develops and applies the implications for general biology and other sciences and makes the case that a better understanding of species and of classification in general puts biologists and paleontologists in a much better position to understand nature in general, and such processes as extinction in particular.

The Species Problem

Author: David N. Stamos
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739107782
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Stamos squarely confronts the problem of determining what a biological species is, whether species are real, and the nature of their reality. He critically considers the evolution of the major contemporary views of species and also offers his own solution to the species problem.

The Metaphysics of Evolution

Author: David L. Hull
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791402115
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This critical collection of essays represents the best of the best when it comes to philosophy of biology. Many chapters treat evolution as a biological phenomenon, but the author is more generally concerned with science itself. Present-day science, particularly current views on systematics and biological evolution are investigated. The aspects of these sciences that are relevant to the general analysis of selection processes are presented, and they also serve to exemplify the general characteristics exhibited by science since its inception.

Origin of the Spiritual Species

Author: Lee Bondy
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1504911326
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Traces our spiritual heritage before the Big Bang, through the Homo sapiens stage (including all five races), our relationship to Egypt’s Great Pyramid and Sphinx (created some 10,500 years ago and considered the spiritual center of the cosmos), also includes the known incarnations of the original Christ spirit from Adam to Jesus. The book includes the history of everything—from our own spiritual creation, the creation of our solar system and its numerous geological changes, concluding with the resurrection of Christ.

Charles Darwin s Notebooks 1836 1844

Author: Paul H. Barrett
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521099752
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Darwin's notebooks provide an invaluable record of his scientific thinking and most importantly, the development of his theory of natural selection. This edition of the notebooks, prepared to the highest standard of textual editing, thus affords a unified view of Darwin's professional interests. The Red Notebook, used on the voyage of H. M. S. Beagle and afterwards in England, contains Darwin's first evolutionary statements. In July of 1837, Darwin began his 'Transmutation Notebooks' (B - E) devoted to the solution of the species problem and in the third notebook of this series he first formulated the theory of natural selection. This volume also contains Notebook A and the glen Roy Notebook on geology, Notebooks M and N on man and behaviour and a notebook labelled Questions and Experiments. Fresh transcriptions have been done for all previously published manuscripts, with readings made directly from Notebooks B, C, D and E, presenting them with previously excised pages and restored to their original sequence.

Do Species Exist

Author: Werner Kunz
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 3527664262
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A readily comprehensible guide for biologists, field taxonomists and interested laymen to one of the oldest problems in biology: the species problem. Written by a geneticist with extensive experience in field taxonomy, this practical book provides the sound scientific background to the problems arising with classifying organisms according to species. It covers the main current theories of specification and gives a number of examples that cannot be explained by any single theory alone.