Darwin's Dangerous Idea by
Evolution and the Meanings of Life

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The author focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe
 

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Daniel Dennett is the author of Brainstorms, Elbow Room, and Consciousness Explained. He is currently the Distinguished Arts and Sciences Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He lives in North Andover, Massachusetts, with his wife and has two children.
 
Published January 1, 1995 by Simon & Schuster Trade Paperbacks.
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Dennett's philosophical argument in support of Darwinism was a National Book Award finalist.

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Patheos

In Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, his provocative thesis is that Charles Darwin’s idea of modification by natural selection, which he calls “the single best idea anyone has ever had” (p.21), is like a “universal acid” that spreads through every field of science and leaves them all changed in its wake.

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London Review of Books

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Boston Review

though he is certainly right that, cases of moths aside, we usually cannot obtain much evidence that is relevant to historical biological counterfactuals and where we can it is not the theory of natural selection that provides the backing for the counterfactuals (in fact I think most biologists...

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In a jocular passage in his book about the false profundity of the idea of a Bauplan--"'these tuba notes from the depths of the Rhine,' as Sir Peter Medawar sarcastically put it"--Dawkins goes on to say: "I prefer the Anglo-Saxon simplicity of my colleague Dr Henry Bennet-Clark, w...

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Although a full third of his book examines challenges to evolution by natural selection "that have arisen within biology itself," Dennett never once mentions the most serious and famous of all challenges to selectionist story-telling: the neutral theory.

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