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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Darwinian Fairytales by David Stove. A discussion of spiders who mimic bird droppings is alone worth the price of the book. Darwinian Fairytales should be read and pondered by anyone interested in sociobiology, the origin of altruism, and the awesome process of evolution. Paperback , pages.
Published March 15th by Encounter Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Darwinian Fairytales , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Mar 16, Daniel A. Duran rated it it was ok. The book is witty and has interesting insights about teleological language and sociobiology. I must warn, however, that David Stove misrepresents the position of several people. He commits several biological blunders, for example, the first paragraph in the book misunderstands completely what "survival of the fittest," means.
He also uses heated rhetoric, such as accusing Richard Dawkins of belonging to a religion that posits genes as gods. He emphasizes evolutionary puzzles that show that the theory still has room for improvement; such as the fact that humans act in selfless ways or act in ways that harm themselves, even though natural selection shouldn't allow such behavior to happen.
The sections on sociobiology are worth the price of the book alone, just be warned that you won't get accurate science in the process. Nov 27, David rated it it was amazing. This was a magnificent book! Stove was an Australian philosopher and a man of "no religion", who respected the brilliance of Darwin and acknowledged the monumental influence and clever insight of Darwin's theory of evolution.
But Stove was also a skeptical philosopher somewhat in the tradition of David Hume - and an eminently enjoyable writer as far as philosophers go.
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I'd like to write a fuller review of this work, but suffice it to say for now that he insightfully elucidates the social and h This was a magnificent book! I'd like to write a fuller review of this work, but suffice it to say for now that he insightfully elucidates the social and historical milieu in which Darwinism arose and carefully interrogates the intellectual structure of Darwinism and its offspring, neo-Darwinism. The result is a precise, persuasive, and - at times - hilarious deconstruction of sociobiology and its intellectual arrogance and reductionism.
I highly recommend reading this! Sep 20, Dan Yingst added it Shelves: An interesting read, but I was frustrated by blatantly inaccurate statements like "religion and science have been at war for years" quite the feat for religion, which is not a discrete thing, to be at war with science, which didn't exist for the first seventeen hundred years or so of this purported conflict and by other misunderstandings, almost always to the disadvantage of religious belief. For example, not grasping or not explaining the sense in which Tertullian uses the word "absurdit An interesting read, but I was frustrated by blatantly inaccurate statements like "religion and science have been at war for years" quite the feat for religion, which is not a discrete thing, to be at war with science, which didn't exist for the first seventeen hundred years or so of this purported conflict and by other misunderstandings, almost always to the disadvantage of religious belief.
For example, not grasping or not explaining the sense in which Tertullian uses the word "absurdity" or conflating the teleology of Aristotle and Thomas with that of William Paley. Also, somewhat repetitive, many of the essays simply repeat point which, while correct, do not need to be elaborated every twenty pages or so. Oct 08, Eric rated it did not like it Shelves: Verry, very bad book; the author doesn't have any clue about factual biologic proofs of evolution of his time the book was written in and concentrates all his efforts in destroying very old and already known false at his time non-biological mostly social and behavioral arguments in favor of evolution.
Like many other people, he forgets that Darwin was merely a pioneer and didn't have all the answers at his time to explain the exact mechanisms of evolution, which we now know. Dec 08, Duncan Smith rated it it was amazing. This is an anti-Darwinism book so most people assume Stove was a Christian. He was an atheist and professional philosopher with a distaste for evolutionary biology's view of human nature.
Stove writes like a barrister.
He's aggressive, witty, and often brilliant. Richard Dawkins, for one, cops a bit of a pounding. It would have been fascinating to see Stove and Dawkins in debate. Critique of Darwinism Excellent critique of Darwinian thought by a noted philosopher. He discusses the in-depth inadequacies of Darwinian thought with regard to humans. He also discusses the failure of Darwinism to deal with the teleological language it so often resorts to. May 25, Alan Bevan rated it liked it.
David Stove presents an interesting case showing that one of Darwin's basic premises is flawed - that all species will rapidly grow to the size permitted by food supply and that they're always engaged in a bitter struggle for survival. He makes the point that it is self evident that this is not true, at least with regard to the human species. It is an interesting argument although I found his writing style slow to the point of being tortuous.
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Stove isn't arguing that evolution doesn't happen, just David Stove presents an interesting case showing that one of Darwin's basic premises is flawed - that all species will rapidly grow to the size permitted by food supply and that they're always engaged in a bitter struggle for survival.
Stove isn't arguing that evolution doesn't happen, just that Darwin was at least partially wrong in his explanation. One is pretty much left to draw one's own conclusions about, so what May 13, Matthew Hodge rated it really liked it. In this day and age of short opinionated articles that we share back and forth across the internet, it was nice to stop and read something that was making an argument at length, that requires time to spell out its ideas.
And what an argument! David Stove was he died in an Australian philosopher, of no religion. In other words, not the kind of guy you would expect to suddenly decide to get stuck into Darwin and Richard Dawkins.
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You would expect this sort of thing from a creationist or inte In this day and age of short opinionated articles that we share back and forth across the internet, it was nice to stop and read something that was making an argument at length, that requires time to spell out its ideas. You would expect this sort of thing from a creationist or intelligent design proponent, but an atheist? They simply don't have a dog in the fight, you would think. Which is what makes this such a fresh and interesting read even 20 years after publication.
After reading The Origin of the Species and The Selfish Gene, I was struck by the fact that neither book actually was able to present evidence for the big claim of evolution - the change between species not just within species. Darwin made a great case for micro-evolution but could only postulate on a broader macro-evolution. Meanwhile, jump forward to the next century and Dawkins in The Selfish Gene assumes that evolution is completely proven as a done deal and then spends the entire book expounding the theory of evolution being driven by replicating genes, a theory for which he presented almost no proof.
I have no problem with theorising how things work, but I was actually rather staggered that a guy who has spent his life complaining about people believing in religions that aren't true has a scientific theory that is also largely speculative. People who bought this also bought. What's Wrong with Benevolence David Stove.
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