Genetics and Evolution
Darwinism as Religion
What Literature Tells Us about Evolution
By Michael Ruse
Review by Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, Ph.D. on Tue, Feb 7th 2017.
Darwinism as Religion by Michael RuseMichael 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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The Origins of Fairness
How Evolution Explains Our Moral Nature
By Nicolas Baumard
Review by Michael Klenk on Tue, Sep 6th 2016.
Who 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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The Origins of Fairness by Nicolas Baumard

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.
Behaving by Kenneth F. SchaffnerKenneth 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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The Shape of Thought
How Mental Adaptations Evolve
By H. Clark Barrett
Review by Diana Soeiro on Tue, Jul 26th 2016.
When it comes to Shape of Thought it is relevant to identify two goals, each concerning to two different realms, one scientific and one on readership. Scientifically, the book aims to inform about the state of the art in the field of evolutionary psychology, while frequently trying to persuade the reader to take the author's side on a specific idea or research orientation. As for its readership, it aims to appeal to the scholarly reader, while at the same time making the book readable to a general audience, adopting therefore an informal tone.         
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The Shape of Thought by  H. Clark Barrett

The Case for Perfection
Ethics in the Age of Human Enhancement
By Johann A. R. Roduit
Review by William Simkulet, Ph.D. on Tue, Jul 5th 2016.
The Case for Perfection by Johann A. R. RoduitJohann A. R. Roduit's The Case for Perfection is an interesting, concise argument in favor of human (bio)enhancement.  Roduit seeks to make two contributions to the debate, the first --  methodological -- arguing that the concept of perfection is necessary for moral debate about human enhancement, and the second -- substantive -- arguing for a capacities-based conception of human perfection.           Human enhancement, in particular human bioenhancement, has garnered significant attention in recent years, but Roduit argues that
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Inside the O'Briens
By Lisa Genova
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Dec 1st 2015.
[This review contains spoilers.] Lisa Genova made a name for herself with her novel Still Alice, about a woman with Alzheimer's disease, which was recently made into a movie. She has declared that her goal is to raise awareness of neurological conditions through her fiction, and her new novel, Inside the O'Briens, features Huntington's Disease. The O'Briens live in the Charlestown region of Boston, an Irish neighborhood of mostly working class people who stick close to the place where they were born and raised. Joe and Rosie have four children, and although they are all now adults, K
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Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova

The Story Within
Personal Essays on Genetics and Identity
By Amy Boesky (Editor)
Review by Dena Hurst, Ph.D. on Tue, Nov 4th 2014.
The Story Within by Amy Boesky (Editor)I have always been fascinated by stories, and in particular the very personal stories that you get from people while you are sitting on the bus or waiting in a doctor's office or attending a funeral, the kinds of places where there is just enough time to create a moment of trust and the promise of anonymity. We all have stories that we carry around with us, that we willingly share, sometimes need to share, when there is a welcoming ear. Such are the stories in The Story Within, slices of the deeply personal shared with anyone willing to listen. As someone who helps others draw out the st
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Inheritance
How Our Genes Change Our Lives - and Our Lives Change Our Genes
By Sharon Moalem
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 29th 2014.
Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives - and Our Lives Change Our Genes is a popular science book about the relation between genes and health.  This is his third book: he has previously written How Sex Works and Survival of the Sickest.  Moalem tells many stories of individual patients whose genetic make-up has led to health problems.  But one of his main points is that we can change our lives to change the ways that our genes express themselves, and thus we can improve our health.  He has a catchy informal style that conveys real interest in his wo
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Inheritance by Sharon Moalem

 
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