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The Intelligent Genome : On the Origin of the Human Mind by Mutation and Selection - H. Loserl

The Intelligent Genome

On the Origin of the Human Mind by Mutation and Selection

By: Adolf Heschl, H. Loserl (Illustrator)

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2001
ISBN: 9783540671664
Number Of Pages: 355

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Do our genes determine our behavior? Do education and environment have any influence at all? Do humans occupy a unique position in evolution? To clarify these provoking questions, the author takes the reader on an ambitious and entertaining journey through a variety of scientific disciplines. In doing so, he creates an image of human evolution that says that our entire individual knowledge is determined - to the smallest detail - by phylogeny. " ...before shocked humanists discard such radical theses as mere nonsense, they should not completely close their minds to the explanations of a biologist who says that we still know very little about the genetic determination of human behavior and that the invariance of many forms of behavior present in all cultures nourish the suspicion that the determining role of genes is probably far more comprehensive than we have ever dreamed."Wolfgang Wieser, translated from his review in "Merkur" (Sept./Oct. 1999)

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From the reviews: "All knowledge of the individual is located in the genome, argues Heschl. With such a radicality he goes much further than many other researchers like Richard Dawkins, the advocate of the selfish gene."Frankfurter Allgemeine, translated from issue June 17, 1998. "We cannot exclude the possibility that Heschl is simply right."Josef H. Reichholf, translated from "Psychologie heute" (July 1999)"I basically agree with Heschl's theses."Manfred Eigen, translated from a personal letter to the author (Nov. 1999)

"Written by a trained ethologist and genetic epistemologist, and translated from the 1998 German original, The Intelligent Genome highlights how little we know about the genetic determination of human behaviour. ... Although a very intense text, readers of this book may be drawn from various disciplines ... . A rich source of bibliography and widely drawn quotes from famous philosophers and scientists, the book can also be a good research resource and reference book for any library collection." (Harjeet Khanna, Today's Life Science, Vol. 14 (5), 2002) "Burying the myth of the human miracle, the author Adolf Heschl goes beyond any known theories. ... In a clear-cut scientific approach, Heschl claims that intelligence, although individually shaped throughout life, already pre-exists in the genome. ... The author analyses theories of scientists such as Darwin, Lamarck or Weisman, at the same time taking a highly critical look at his own point of view. Following the road of mankind, the reader is taken on both an ambitious and entertaining journey." (Science in Africa, March, 2002)

Nature Explains Nurturep. 13
The Myth of a Wonder of Naturep. 21
Evolutionary Epistemology or the Difficulties of Getting Startedp. 27
To Be or Not to Bep. 37
Chance as Necessityp. 46
The Indivisible Individualp. 51
L = Cp. 59
The Central Dogma Reformulatedp. 68
Learning: Appearances are Deceptivep. 78
Edelman's Errorsp. 97
On the Heritability of Jazzophiliap. 110
A Superfluous Law of Evolutionp. 128
The "Wonder" of Languagep. 149
Intelligent Sex: A Cognitivist View of Genetic Exchange Processesp. 175
How to Explain Consciousnessp. 211
The True Nature of Scientific Revolutionsp. 234
"Evolution Has Us in Its Grip"p. 260
The Survival of the Most Intelligentp. 274
The Cultural Struggle of Genesp. 296
Requiem for a Wonder of Naturep. 304
Literaturep. 316
Acknowledgement of sourcesp. 350
Appendixp. 351
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9783540671664
ISBN-10: 3540671668
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 355
Published: 1st December 2001
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.51