The Resource Life Beyond Molecules and Genes : How Our Adaptions Make Us Real

Life Beyond Molecules and Genes : How Our Adaptions Make Us Real

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Life Beyond Molecules and Genes : How Our Adaptions Make Us Real
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Life Beyond Molecules and Genes
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How Our Adaptions Make Us Real
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eng
Summary
What makes us alive? Is it our DNA? Our genetics? Is it our atomic composition that gives us life? Somehow, all of this feels radically dissonant from our everyday experience. In Life beyond Molecules and Genes, experimental biologist Stephen Rothman makes the bold case that it is, in fact, our adaptive abilities, hewn by evolution, that make us alive. In making this point, he reveals a hidden harmony between science and life as we live it. The traditionally accepted understanding of adaptive properties (e.g., the abilities to obtain food, avoid predators, procreate) has been that these are actions of living things or traits that they express. Rothman makes the provocative assertion that this foundational element of the modern materialist perspective is entirely backwards. Our adaptive properties do not exist because we are alive, but rather we are alive because they exist. The implications of this assertion turn the theory of evolution by natural selection on its head by revealing that life transcends its material nature. Students and scholars of the biological sciences as well as those interested in the philosophy of science will find this work both fascinating and challenging, perhaps even controversial. For centuries, the field of biology has focused on the seemingly mundane task of identifying and cataloging life's chemical substances, while ignoring its grand question: "What is it that makes us alive?" With Life beyond Molecules and Genes, perhaps the field will move a bit closer toward an answer
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Rothman, Stephen
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QH546
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Adaptation (Biology)
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Life
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Life Beyond Molecules and Genes : How Our Adaptions Make Us Real
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http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/multco/detail.action?docID=769738
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multicolored
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rdacontent
Contents
Cover -- Half Title Page -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: What Is It That Makes an Object Alive? -- Chapter 1: Life Forces and Vital Substances: The Path from Vitalism to Materialism -- Chapter 2: The Material Causes of Life: The Modern Perspective -- Chapter 3: Coming into Being: The Origin of Aliveness -- Chapter 4: A More Refi ned Understanding: A Modern View of What Is Necessary for Life -- Chapter 5: A Suffi cient Property of Life: A Search for the Properties That Attest to Our Being Alive -- Chapter 6: Dr. Bernard's Adaptations The Internal Adaptations of Life and Their Critical Role in Understanding Life's Nature -- Chapter 7: The Physical World Intrudes: How the Physical World Shapes Our Adaptive Properties and Us -- Chapter 8: Adaptations as Life: Adaptations as the Sufficient, Lifegiving Properties -- Chapter 9: Spandrels and Other Irrelevancies: Are There Suffi cient Properties of Life That Are Not Adaptations? -- Chapter 10: Life as Complexity: The Nature of Biological Complexity -- Chapter 11: Harmony: The Concordance of Life and Its Science -- Conclusion: Is There Life beyond the Genome? -- Reflection: The Religious Allusions of Life beyond Molecules and Genes -- Notes and Suggested Reading -- Index
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EBC769738
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1 online resource (241 pages)
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online
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9781599473659
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computer
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rdamedia
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2017. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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  • (MiAaPQ)EBC769738
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL769738
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10500147
  • (CaONFJC)MIL326500
  • (OCoLC)751695301
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Life Beyond Molecules and Genes : How Our Adaptions Make Us Real
Link
http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/multco/detail.action?docID=769738
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
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cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover -- Half Title Page -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: What Is It That Makes an Object Alive? -- Chapter 1: Life Forces and Vital Substances: The Path from Vitalism to Materialism -- Chapter 2: The Material Causes of Life: The Modern Perspective -- Chapter 3: Coming into Being: The Origin of Aliveness -- Chapter 4: A More Refi ned Understanding: A Modern View of What Is Necessary for Life -- Chapter 5: A Suffi cient Property of Life: A Search for the Properties That Attest to Our Being Alive -- Chapter 6: Dr. Bernard's Adaptations The Internal Adaptations of Life and Their Critical Role in Understanding Life's Nature -- Chapter 7: The Physical World Intrudes: How the Physical World Shapes Our Adaptive Properties and Us -- Chapter 8: Adaptations as Life: Adaptations as the Sufficient, Lifegiving Properties -- Chapter 9: Spandrels and Other Irrelevancies: Are There Suffi cient Properties of Life That Are Not Adaptations? -- Chapter 10: Life as Complexity: The Nature of Biological Complexity -- Chapter 11: Harmony: The Concordance of Life and Its Science -- Conclusion: Is There Life beyond the Genome? -- Reflection: The Religious Allusions of Life beyond Molecules and Genes -- Notes and Suggested Reading -- Index
Control code
EBC769738
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (241 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781599473659
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2017. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC769738
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL769738
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10500147
  • (CaONFJC)MIL326500
  • (OCoLC)751695301

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