The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Today

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The Ant and the Peacock Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Today The ant and the peacock stand for two puzzles in Darwinism altruism and sexual selection How can natural selection favor those such as the worker ant that renounce tooth and claw in favor of the pub
  • Title: The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Today
  • Author: Helena Cronin
  • ISBN: 9780521457651
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Paperback
  • The ant and the peacock stand for two puzzles in Darwinism altruism and sexual selection How can natural selection favor those, such as the worker ant, that renounce tooth and claw in favor of the public spirited ways of the commune And how can peacocks flamboyant, ornamental and apparently useless be tolerated by the grimly economical Darwinian reaper Helena CThe ant and the peacock stand for two puzzles in Darwinism altruism and sexual selection How can natural selection favor those, such as the worker ant, that renounce tooth and claw in favor of the public spirited ways of the commune And how can peacocks flamboyant, ornamental and apparently useless be tolerated by the grimly economical Darwinian reaper Helena Cronin has a deep understanding of today s answers to these riddles and their roots in the nineteenth century the analysis is new and exciting and the explanations lucid and compelling.
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    This is one of the most boring books I have ever read I decided pick up this book because of the many references in Dawkins s and Pinker s books on evolutionary biology and psychology respectively The two topics with which The Ant and the Peacock is concerned the history of thinking about sexual selection and the paradox between altruism and selfish genes are very interesting Both subjects give us a deep insight into the complex workings of evolution by natural selection.When I picked up this bo [...]

    I finally finished it, but I must admit I skimmed a lot of the 2nd half It is very competently written, but has depth and history about the origins of cooperation and sexual selection than I had the patience for.

    Fascinating, but quite long winded and repetitive, exploration of altruism and sexual selection from the gene s eye view, including criticism of woolly group selectionist thinking Great book to read after The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins.

    Weapons grade dull, though not uniformly so Not so much about our modern understanding of altruism the ant and sexual selection the peacock as it is about what an endless parade of dead and superseded biologists once thought on the subjects The second section The Peacock is particularly guilty of this, devoting page after interminable page to the letters and opinions of Darwin and Wallace, neither of whom had much of genuine interest to say.Cronin, not being a biologist but a philosopher, lacks [...]

    This book addresses two of the interesting puzzles for evolution by natural selection how natural selection can lead to wasteful displays such as the peacock s tail, on one hand, and self sacrificial behavior such as that of animal lookouts and especially social insects, on the other The author thoroughly discusses the issues and seems very knowledgeable on the subject The weakness of the book results from how he author chose to present her material As another reviewer noted, this book is about [...]

    So I have to admit I only read the first 2 3s of this book the background and then the peacock part I haven t returned it to the library yet because I hope to eventually read the ant part Anyway, HIGHLY recommended if you need to know the history of sexual selection research When it came to sexual selection, apparently Wallace was Darwinian than Darwin It s dry reading but extremely useful.

    Dr Cronin is masterful in her overview of altruism, but somewhat long and dry on sexual selection still,a compelling and powerful book overall that displays Cronin s vastness of knowledge in this area If you need to know, or even want to know, how the history of sexual selection itself evolved in the scope of biological evolution, a great place to begin.

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