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Great Resources for Info on Evolution and Darwin (Merged)
Posted: 02 August 2008 05:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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Very interesting book, I’ll have to put it on my reading list.

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Posted: 11 November 2008 04:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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I have tried to go through postings on this topic to try and make sure I am not being redundant, but I could not find references to the books I mention here.  If they have been provided already, I apologize.  They are in no particular order, but I suggest that Ernst Meyr’s book should be read first.

1.  Ed. by John Brockman (2003): “The New Humanists: Science at the edge”, Barnes and Noble Book, USA.
2.  Jeremy Rifkin [with Ted Howard] (1980): “Entropy: Into The Greenhouse World [rev.]”, Bantam Books, NY.
3.  K.C. Cole (2001): “The Hole In The Universe: How scientists peered over the edge of emptiness and found everything”, Harcourt, NY.
4.  Ernst Mayr (2001): “What Evolution Is”, Basic Books, NY.

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Posted: 22 December 2008 12:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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Here are some other resources:

Richard Dawkins, The Ancestor’s Tale (2004) Possibly the best current single-volume work on evolution

Neil Shubin, Your Inner Fish (2008) A discussion of the evolution of the human body that is fascinating and entertaining

Donald Prothero, Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters (2007) A presentation of the abundant fossil evidence for evolution that takes on and refutes creation science

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Posted: 08 February 2009 06:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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The recent book Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne is terrific.

He has also started a companion blog.

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/

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Posted: 09 February 2009 02:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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Ecrasez l’infame! - 11 November 2008 04:28 PM

I have tried to go through postings on this topic to try and make sure I am not being redundant, but I could not find references to the books I mention here.  If they have been provided already, I apologize.  They are in no particular order, but I suggest that Ernst Meyr’s book should be read first.

1.  Ed. by John Brockman (2003): “The New Humanists: Science at the edge”, Barnes and Noble Book, USA.
2.  Jeremy Rifkin [with Ted Howard] (1980): “Entropy: Into The Greenhouse World [rev.]”, Bantam Books, NY.
3.  K.C. Cole (2001): “The Hole In The Universe: How scientists peered over the edge of emptiness and found everything”, Harcourt, NY.
4.  Ernst Mayr (2001): “What Evolution Is”, Basic Books, NY.

I ABSOLUTELY AGREE. THE ERNST MAYR BOOK IS A MUST-READ

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Posted: 12 March 2009 01:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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Just one more reference - Michael Majerus’ reinstatement of the peppered moth as a classic example of selection in action.  Availble from his website:

Majerus Lab Evolutionary Genetics Group

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Posted: 24 March 2009 07:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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This was a good resource info you are sharing, guys. I have a hard time dealing with Creationalism and Evolutionism stuff. It was also a good read you got there about some advance knowledge on Intelligent Design. Can’t wait to have a good read to all of this nice resource.

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Posted: 25 March 2009 08:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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Got my own copy and just read it: some of the essays are worth attention.

Jill S. Schneiderman and Warren D. Allmon, Eds (2009) “For the Rock Record: Geologists On Intelligent Design”, University of California Press, Berkeley.

Schneiderman is at Vassar and Allmon is at Cornell.

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Posted: 02 April 2009 08:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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Michael A. Summerfield (1991) “Global Geomorphology”, Pearson Education Limited, London.  Especially, but not limited to Chapter 15: “Rates of Uplift and Denudation,” Chapter 18: “Long-Term Landscape Development,” 18.1 “Models of Landscape Evolution”, and Appendix B, “Dating Techniques,” and Appendix C, “Geological Time Scale.”

This book is not for the casual reader.

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Posted: 31 May 2009 02:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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I just finished Before the Dawn by Nicolas Wade. It focuses on human evolution over the past 150,000 years. Wade does a nice job at looking at arguments between linguistics, genetics and archaeology. I definetly recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about Homo sapien evolution in particular.

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Posted: 12 August 2009 09:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 41 ]
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“The Blind Watchmaker” by Richard Dawkins: Probably the best book dealing with natural selection that I’ve read

“The Ancestors Tale” by Richard Dawkins: Deals specifically with tracing evolutionary history backwards

“Only A Theory” by Kenneth Miller: Even though I disagree with Miller’s religous views, he’s probably one of the best authors to present the abundant evidence of evolution, while simultaneously debunking the nonsensical claim of Intelligent Design proponents.

“Phenotypic Integration” by Massimo Pigliucci

“Making Sense of of Evolution” by Massimo Pigliucci: This one deals more with the philosophical foundations of evolutionary theory


I’m pretty excited about Dawkins upcoming book “The Greatest Show on Earth”

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Posted: 20 September 2009 06:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 42 ]
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Hi everybody, I was wondering if anybody knows a list of scientific advances based on evolution. Let me give an example. “Tuberculous has evolved in some cases to resist penicillin, that is why we know how to prescribe antibiotics, or why we need to develop new one’s”. I am not sure if that is what would help this guy or not ,but I would like to know for my own debates with I.D. believers.
p.s. Please forgive any poor forum etiquette. Just learning as I go Thx

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Posted: 09 October 2009 06:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 43 ]
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Thanks Doug this a great link!!!

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Posted: 28 November 2009 03:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 44 ]
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I found the following exciting:  “How Homo Became Sapiens - On the evolution of thinking”, by Peter Gärdenfors. Oxford U Press.
He is a professor of cognitive sciences at Lund University, Sweden.
The English translation is from 2006, and I read the original around 2002.
He attempts to detail the components of human intelligence and how they might have, or must have, developed from our ancestors.  He relies heavily on results from fields on which he is not a specialist.  (I don’t know how recent research would have modified his exposition, but anyway it is just as striking as the science behind that computer simulation of how the mammalian eye evolved out of a simple light-sensitive patch of skin on some half a billion year or so old creature).  He certainly will give you a sense of what distinguishes our species from other mammals and how it came to be, but one thing that impressed me is the degree to which we share true brotherhood with our relatives.

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Posted: 07 December 2009 08:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 45 ]
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Added the the Tufts University Answers in Science site to the OP, “devoted to evolution and the science supporting it”.

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