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The Tinkerer's Accomplice By J. Scott Turner

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Most people, when they contemplate the living world, conclude that it is a designed place. But, what most people see as design, biologists say that it is only an illusion. Here, the author takes up the question of design as a very real problem in biology, and also proposes a solution which poses challenges to all sides in this critical debate.
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The Tinkerer's Accomplice: How Design Emerges from Life Itself by J. Scott Turner

Most people, when they contemplate the living world, conclude that it is a designed place. So it is jarring when biologists come along and say this is all wrong. What most people see as design, they say - purposeful, directed, even intelligent - is only an illusion, something cooked up in a mind that is eager to see purpose where none exists. In these days of increasingly assertive challenges to Darwinism, the question becomes acute: is our perception of design simply a mental figment, or is there something deeper at work? Physiologist Scott Turner argues eloquently and convincingly that the apparent design we see in the living world only makes sense when we add to Darwin's towering achievement the dimension that much modern molecular biology has left on the gene-splicing floor: the dynamic interaction between living organisms and their environment. Only when we add environmental physiology to natural selection can we begin to understand the beautiful fit between the form life takes and how life works. In "The Tinkerer's Accomplice", Scott Turner takes up the question of design as a very real problem in biology; his solution poses challenges to all sides in this critical debate.

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"The Tinkerer's Accomplice" is a rich mine of fascinating cases in which homeostasis helps an organism or even whole populations of organisms to survive...Turner has given us a compelling account of how concepts of purpose, design, intentionality and goal orientation can enhance the basic ideas of evolution. I have no doubt that Turner is in command of his material. His book may be a real challenge, but I urge a wide reading because the many important aspects of human physiology and evolutionary complexity that Turner takes on apply to all of us, and understanding them can help us to know ourselves better.--Carl S. Keener"Christian Century" (06/26/2007)

About J. Scott Turner


J. Scott Turner is Associate Professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, and the author of The Extended Organism (Harvard).

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CIN000404412
The Tinkerer's Accomplice: How Design Emerges from Life Itself by J. Scott Turner
J. Scott Turner
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Harvard University Press
2007-01-05
250
0674023536
9780674023536
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