Genetics and Evolution
The Ethics of Choosing Children
By Simon Reader
Review by Hennie Weiss on Tue, May 15th 2018.
The Ethics of Choosing Children by Simon ReaderIn The Ethics of Choosing Children, author Simon Reader discusses the notion of bioethics and technologies of reproduction (such as ART - Assisted Reproductive technologies, in-vitro fertilization and various forms of prenatal testing) which allows for selection of not only sex, but the termination of and the selection of children with the preference for various traits over others. Reader acknowledges that there is both a social significance and a personal significance in such selections, as well as the notion of choice in the matter. Reader draws from various readings of others to develop hi
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Voracious Science and Vulnerable Animals
A Primate Scientistís Ethical Journal
By John Gluck
Review by Adam Shriver and Joyce Sato-Reinhold on Tue, May 8th 2018.
John Gluck’s autobiography traces the journey of a psychologist who begins his research career as a star protégé working on Harry Harlow’s famous social deprivation experiments on monkeys and ends up dedicating his life to publishing and lecturing on the ethics of animal experimentation.  Gluck’s writing demonstrates that he is an exceptionally perceptive person, and he carefully walks readers through his thought process as he begins life as someone finely attuned to the well-being of animals, later suppresses these feelings in the pursuit of science aimed
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Voracious Science and Vulnerable Animals by John Gluck

The Extended Selfish Gene
By Richard Dawkins
Review by Charles Beasley on Tue, May 1st 2018.
The Extended Selfish Gene by Richard DawkinsWhile consensus around Darwin's theory of evolution in its most broad sense has been clearly established, debates within biology around the foundations of selection processes are still going strong. Over the past 60 years in particular, exceptional focus has been placed on what is called the 'levels of selection problem'.  A solution to this problem will answer the following two questions. First, what is the evolutionary unit that is being selected for in natural selection? Is it ecosystems, species, demes, colonies, groups, organisms, organs, tissues, cells, organelles, nuclei, chromosom
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The Boy Who Loved Too Much
A True Story of Pathological Friendliness
By Jennifer Latson
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jan 2nd 2018.
Latson describes a boy she calls Eli who has been diagnosed with Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder that involves physical, cognitive and emotional variations. Latson focuses on the unguarded friendliness that characterizes the disorder, the webpage of the Williams Syndrome Association makes clear that there are many features that goes with it. The Boy Who Loved Too Much: A True Story of Pathological Friendliness follows Eli from the age of 12 until he was 15. He was enormously and indiscriminately friendly, always seeking hugs. As he got older, this behavior became increasingly inappropria
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The Boy Who Loved Too Much by Jennifer Latson

The Selfish Gene
40th Anniversary Edition
By Richard Dawkins
Review by Maura Pilotti on Tue, Aug 22nd 2017.
The Selfish Gene by Richard DawkinsAs far as I can tell, most scholarly books devoted to a general readership are not read more than once or even talked about for a lengthy period of time, let alone decades. If rereading occurs, it is usually in response to a reader's desire to recapture a fleeting memory of a fact, a theory, an observation, or a reference to a noteworthy prose. Rereading, however, tends to be selective and is often driven by earlier annotation scribbled down when the book was first absorbed. In my opinion, The selfish gene written by Richard Dawkins is unusual in this regard because it entices the re
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Darwinism as Religion
What Literature Tells Us about Evolution
By Michael Ruse
Review by Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, Ph.D. on Tue, Feb 7th 2017.
Michael Ruse defines "Darwinian theory" as "evolution through natural selection" (pp. 87-88). This theory, presented to the world by Charles Darwin, has become the most potent symbol of science, as the ruling paradigm in biology. The assumptions of the evolution paradigm are a threat to religious ideas, and not only because of the account of human descent from other species. It assumes no design, no intentionality, and no guiding hand, but rather randomness and purposelessness, with events only subject to the impersonal, natural, laws of physics and chemistry. We know that Darwin and evolution
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Darwinism as Religion by Michael Ruse

The Origins of Fairness
How Evolution Explains Our Moral Nature
By Nicolas Baumard
Review by Michael Klenk on Tue, Sep 6th 2016.
The Origins of Fairness by Nicolas BaumardWho hasn't got a view about tax policies? Or on reproductive rights? As Nick Enfield puts it in the foreword to Origins of Fairness "we are seldom in doubt as to what should be done" but it remains mysterious where this "sense of right and wrong come[s] from." Nicolas Baumard defends the view that morality originates in a sense for mutual benefit and tries to show that such a view has credible naturalistic underpinnings. Baumard's central thesis is that morality is based on an innate and universal moral sense that follows a 'mutualistic' logic: it balances out self-interest and the interest
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Behaving
What's Genetic, What's Not, and Why Should We Care?
By Kenneth F. Schaffner
Review by William Simkulet, Ph.D. on Tue, Aug 16th 2016.
Kenneth Schaffner's Behaving:  What's Genetic, What's Not, and Why Should We Care? is a thorough, in-depth discussion of contemporary scientific inquiry into behavior and the philosophical implications of recent discoveries in the field.           After a short preface and introduction, the book is divided into nine chapters.  The first two chapters provide a clear and engaging introduction to key terminological distinctions used throughout the book.  The next three chapters use analytic philosophy to analyze the problems of associat
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Behaving by Kenneth F. Schaffner

 
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