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Individual Development and Evolution : The Genesis of Novel Behavior - Gilbert Gottlieb

Individual Development and Evolution

The Genesis of Novel Behavior

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2001
ISBN: 9780805840827
Number Of Pages: 248

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This work is intended to portray the interrelationship of heredity, individual development, and the evolution of species in a way that can be understood by nonspecialists. In striving to offer a straightforward historical exposition of the complex topic of nature and nurture, the author tells the story through a central cast of characters beginning with Lamarck in 1809 and ending with a synthesis of his own that depicts how extragenetic behavioral changes in individual development could be the first stages in the pathway leading to evolutionary change. On the way to that goal, he describes relevant conceptual aspects of genetics, embryological development, and evolutionary biology in a nontechnical and accurate way for students and colleagues in the behavioral and social sciences. The book presents a highly selected review as a prelude to the description of a developmental theory of the phenotype in which behavioral change leads eventually to evolutionary change.
This book grew out of an invited interdisciplinary course of lectures for advanced undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Presenting the various ways about thinking about heredity, individual development, and evolution, the author had three goals in mind:
*to establish the relevance of individual development to the evolution of species;
*to describe the most appropriate way to think about or conceptualize heredity in relation to individual development;
*to show that this somewhat unorthodox manner of conceptualizing heredity and individual development gives rise to a new way to think about the behavioral pathway leading to evolution.
In conclusion, the present work will provide a contribution toward the possible dissolution of the nature-nurture dichotomy, as well as a contribution to evolutionary theory.

Conceptions of Development: Preformation and Epigenesisp. 3
Lamarck and the Idea of the Evolution of Speciesp. 10
Charles Darwin on the Evolution of Species and the Role of Embryological Developmentp. 19
Ernst Haeckel and the Biogenetic Lawp. 27
St. George Mivart: First Intimations of the Role of Individual Development in Evolutionp. 38
Francis Galton: Nature Versus Nurture, or the Separation of Heredity and Environmentp. 48
August Weismann, Wilhelm Roux, Wilhelm His, and Hans Driesch: An Abortive Attempt to Understand Heredity Through an Experimental Approach to Embryonic Developmentp. 59
Karl Pearson Versus William Bateson: The Foundation of the Quantitative Study of Heredity, or Genetics without Individual Developmentp. 73
Walter Garstang, Gavin de Beer, and Richard Goldschmidt: The Concept of Changes in Individual Development as the Basis for Evolutionp. 89
R. A. Fisher, J. B. S. Haldane, and Sewall Wright: The Genetics of Populationsp. 105
Evolution: The Modern Synthesis and Its Failure to Incorporate Individual Development into Evolutionary Theoryp. 120
Extending the Modern Synthesis: Preliminaries to a Developmental Theory of the Phenotype (Phenogenesis)p. 137
From Gene to Organism: The Developing Individual as an Emergent, Interactional, Hierarchical Systemp. 158
Induction of Behavioral Change in Individual Development as Prelude to Evolution: The Supragenetic Developmental Basis of Evolutionary Changep. 173
Notesp. 199
Referencesp. 209
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780805840827
ISBN-10: 0805840826
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st September 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1