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Topic: Evolutionary Upheavals

From: Robert GB Reid
Location: Biology Department, University of Victoria, BC, Canada
Date: 06/03/2008

I have just read your "Darwin's Radio" and find many parallels with my own ideas and experiences. Since I am a theoretical biologist I am all too familiar with the politics of science, and the philosophical implications of evolutionary theory. Darwinism has such a powerful grip on the subject it might yet be a long drawn out revolution, though long overdue. You might like to glance at my 2007 "Biological Emergences. Evolution by Natural Experiment." MIT Press. Congratulations on your fascinating book.

Robert Reid.

Re: Evolutionary Upheavals

From: Greg Bear
Date: 06/05/2008

Thanks, Robert! I'll definitely take a look at BIOLOGICAL EMERGENCES. The topic is getting more and more interesting every week, it seems. I regret now not addressing epigenetic changes in the DARWIN'S books.

Re: Evolutionary Upheavals

From: patrick
Date: 06/06/2008

Careful, Greg. That's close to committing yourself to another volume.

Re: Evolutionary Upheavals

From: Rouald Laurenson
Location: Coronado
Date: 06/06/2008

The review on Amazon makes it look interesting, Robert. Will hope to have a chance of reading in it before long.

Wonder what you think of the work of Walter Fontana on another line in this area. Accounting for neutral networks feels very interesting, and does give an generative explanation still allowing selection. I appreciated the key that seemed to give to the genetic assimilation framework. But you may see differently. I'm not a trained biologist.

Kind regards,

Re: Evolutionary Upheavals

From: Greg Bear
Date: 06/06/2008

Hmmm... DARWIN'S GRANDCHILDREN? Actually, I do have a title in mind--but it might take a while to gestate.

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