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Pragmatic Evolution
Applications of Evolutionary Theory

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Aldo Poiani, John Long, Kamal Ibrahim, Roberta Torunsky, Steve Wratten, Mark Gillespie, Martin Burd, Angelica Martínez Bauer, Mani R. Shrestha, Mikko Heino, Adriaan Rijnsdorp, Ulf Dieckmann, Randolph Nesse, Paul W. Ewald, Holly A. Swain Ewald, Jonathan Foster, Peter Boord, Michael Smith, Alan Harvey, David Coall, Tomas E. Dickins, Daniel Nettle, Jim Chisholm, David Green, Suzanne Sadedin, Edgar A. Duéñez-Guzmán, Douglas Futuyma, Jonathan Marks, Michael Ruse
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  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521760553

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  • Of what use is evolutionary science to society? Can evolutionary thinking provide us with the tools to better understand and even make positive changes to the world? Addressing key questions about the development of evolutionary thinking, this book explores the interaction between evolutionary theory and its practical applications. Featuring contributions from leading specialists, Pragmatic Evolution highlights the diverse and interdisciplinary applications of evolutionary thinking: their potential and limitations. The fields covered range from palaeontology, genetics, ecology, agriculture, fisheries, medicine, neurobiology, psychology and animal behavior; to information technology, education, anthropology and philosophy. Detailed examples of useful and current evolutionary applications are provided throughout. An ideal source of information to promote a better understanding of contemporary evolutionary science and its applications, this book also encourages the continued development of new opportunities for constructive evolutionary applications across a range of fields.

    • Highlights the diverse and interdisciplinary applications of evolutionary thinking, covering fields such as palaeontology, genetics, ecology and anthropology
    • Promotes a better understanding of contemporary evolutionary science, encouraging the continued development of new opportunities and applications
    • Discusses numerous examples to propose new ways of putting evolutionary knowledge into practice
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Evolution theory is usually regarded as the study of how biological diversity arose. Here we see that it also has vital applications in many fields of human endeavour including medicine and food production. Aldo Poiani has done society a great service by producing this unique compilation."
    Paul Harvey, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

    "Above all else, this book provides an inspiration to those wishing to explore new possibilities for constructive evolutionary applications. Recommended."
    F. T. Kuserk Choice Magazine

    "This diverse collection of papers is at the moment the best source of ideas about the also diverse, and rapidly increasing, array of areas in which a perspective inspired by evolutionary biology can find rewarding application."
    Alessandro Minelli, University of Padova

    "Poiani has presented us with a veritable treasure trove of examples to demonstrate the expanding relevance of evolutionary theory. This work will undoubtedly bolster the allegiance of those already committed to the ubiquity of evolutionary theory as well as convert those who have until now remained agnostic or skeptical."
    Péter Takács, The Quarterly Review of Biology

    "… this diverse collection of papers is at the moment the best source of ideas about the also diverse, and rapidly increasing, array of areas in which a perspective inspired by evolutionary biology can find rewarding application."
    Science and Education

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    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521760553
    • length: 362 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 32 b/w illus. 4 colour illus. 6 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction Aldo Poiani
    Part I. Evolution, Ecology and Conservation:
    1. Evolution, missing links and climate change: recent advances in understanding transformational macroevolution John Long
    2. Evolutionary perspectives in conservation genetics Kamal Ibrahim and Roberta Torunsky
    Part II. Evolution and Food Production:
    3. Evolution in agriculture Steve Wratten, Mark Gillespie and Aldo Poiani
    4. The evolutionary ecology of pollination and the functional biology of agricultural plants Martin Burd, Angelica Martínez Bauer and Mani R. Shrestha
    5. The dawn of Darwinian fishery management Mikko Heino, Adriaan Rijnsdorp and Ulf Dieckmann
    Part III. Evolution and Medicine:
    6. Evolution: a basic science for medicine Randolph Nesse
    7. Evolutionary insights for immunological interventions Paul W. Ewald and Holly A. Swain Ewald
    8. Neuroevolution and neurodegeneration: two sides of the same coin? Jonathan Foster, Peter Boord and Michael Smith
    9. Evolution, music and neurotherapy Alan Harvey
    Part IV. Evolution and Psychology:
    10. Antecedents of teenage pregnancy: using an evolutionary perspective in the search for mechanisms David Coall, Tomas E. Dickins and Daniel Nettle
    11. Flourishing and fitness: an evolutionary perspective on health capability Jim Chisholm
    Part V. Evolution and Computing:
    12. Natural computation: evolving solutions to complex problems David Green
    13. Harnessing the swarm: technological applications of collective intelligence Suzanne Sadedin and Edgar A. Duéñez-Guzmán
    Part VI. Evolution and Society:
    14. Evolutionary arguments against the de facto re-pathologising of homosexuality Aldo Poiani
    15. Teaching evolution and the nature of science Douglas Futuyma
    16. Evolutionary ideologies Jonathan Marks
    17. Can Darwinism offer existential reassurance at times of personal or social crisis? Michael Ruse
    Index.

  • Editor

    Aldo Poiani, Monash University, Victoria
    Aldo Poiani is an evolutionary ecologist at the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Australia. He has published widely in the fields of avian cooperative breeding and host-parasite interactions, including aspects related to behaviour, endocrinology and comparative biology. He is the author of Animal Homosexuality: A Biosocial Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

    Contributors

    Aldo Poiani, John Long, Kamal Ibrahim, Roberta Torunsky, Steve Wratten, Mark Gillespie, Martin Burd, Angelica Martínez Bauer, Mani R. Shrestha, Mikko Heino, Adriaan Rijnsdorp, Ulf Dieckmann, Randolph Nesse, Paul W. Ewald, Holly A. Swain Ewald, Jonathan Foster, Peter Boord, Michael Smith, Alan Harvey, David Coall, Tomas E. Dickins, Daniel Nettle, Jim Chisholm, David Green, Suzanne Sadedin, Edgar A. Duéñez-Guzmán, Douglas Futuyma, Jonathan Marks, Michael Ruse

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