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River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life

Authors:
Richard Dawkins (author), Lalla Ward (illustrator) and Rick Pracher (covers)
Language:
English
Original language:
English
Publisher:
Basic Books
Categories:
Biology and science
Publication year:
1995
Synopsis:

This is only partly a book about evolution. In the last chapter (The Replication Bomb) Dawkins speculates on ten thresholds that life goes through on its way to interstellar emigration. (The analogy is to a supernova. Just as a star can go supernova, a planet might explode with life.)

The book also goes through some very neat experiments on bees and the evolution of a bee dance that codes for location of food.

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Table of Contents:
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  • Preface
  • 1 The Digital River
  • 2 All Africa and Her Progenies
  • 3 Do Good by Stealth
  • 4 God's Utility Function
  • 5 The Replication Bomb
  • Bibliography and Further Reading
  • Index

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