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Introduction: A Dynamic View of Evolution

Brett Calcott and Kim Sterelny

in The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015240
eISBN:
9780262295703
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015240.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This book reviews some of life’s history. It suggests that one crucial feature of John Maynard Smith and Eörs Szathmáry’s The Major Transitions in Evolution is that it has a dynamic approach. In The ... More


The Miscellaneous Transitions in Evolution

Daniel W. McShea and Carl Simpson

in The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015240
eISBN:
9780262295703
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015240.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter argues that John Maynard Smith and Eörs Szathmáry do not provide a coherent, well-motivated framework for thinking about the history of life. The chapter presents two projects that are ... More


The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited

Brett Calcott and Kim Sterelny (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015240
eISBN:
9780262295703
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015240.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

In 1995, John Maynard Smith and Eörs Szathmáry published their influential book The Major Transitions in Evolution. The “transitions” that Maynard Smith and Szathmáry chose to describe all ... More


Animal Conflict

Richard Mcelreath and Robert Boyd

in Mathematical Models of Social Evolution: A Guide for the Perplexed

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226558264
eISBN:
9780226558288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226558288.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Resources are often scarce, and scarcity often leads to conflict. The form of conflict ranges from subtle supplants in which one animal departs at the other's approach to escalated fights in which ... More


The revolutions

Tim Lenton and Andrew Watson

in Revolutions that made the Earth

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
December 2013
ISBN:
9780199587049
eISBN:
9780191775031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587049.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics

This chapter describes a work presenting a description by Szathmary and Maynard Smith of the entire sweep of evolution, going from primitive molecules to human society and language, as a series of ... More


Alternative Patterns of Explanation for Major Transitions

Brett Calcott

in The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015240
eISBN:
9780262295703
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015240.003.0003
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter argues that the major transitions literature has been too focused on determining conditions in which there is selection for cooperation, despite the threat of defection. It concentrates ... More


Synergy: Another Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Peter A. Corning

in Holistic Darwinism: Synergy, Cybernetics, and the Bioeconomics of Evolution

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226116136
eISBN:
9780226116334
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226116334.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter discusses trends showing the popularity of the theory on the role of synergy in evolution. This theory was first developed in the 1983 book The Synergism Hypothesis: A Theory of ... More


A.S. Byatt’s Biological Reason

Clare Hanson

in Genetics and the Literary Imagination

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780198813286
eISBN:
9780191851278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198813286.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chapter 2 places A.S. Byatt’s four-volume novel sequence the Quartet in the context of Michel Foucault’s The Order of Things, a frequent point of reference for her fiction. It traces her engagement ... More


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