Puneet Varma

Darwinian Fairytales

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedIn
7.2/101 Votes Alchetron
7.2
1 Ratings
100
90
80
71
60
50
40
30
20
10
Rate This

Rate This

Language  English
Author  David Stove
Subject  Evolution
3.6/5 Goodreads

Media type  Print (Hardcover)
Published  1995
Darwinian Fairytales t3gstaticcomimagesqtbnANd9GcSVvFhyaT6UOqS0sq
Similar  David Stove books, Other books

Darwinian Fairytales is a 1995 book by David Stove, in which Stove criticizes application of the theory of evolution as an explanation for sociobiological behavior such as altruism.

The book was originally published by Avebury in 1995 and reprinted by Encounter Books in 2006.

Reception

Science writer Martin Gardner wrote:

"Whatever your opinion of ‘Intelligent Design,’ you’ll find Stove’s criticism of what he calls ‘Darwinism’ difficult to stop reading. Stove’s blistering attack on Richard Dawkins’ ‘selfish genes’ and ‘memes’ is unparalleled and unrelenting. 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."

Criticism of the book has come from biologist Michael Ghiselin:

"Much of what he says is completely wrong. According to his version, organisms invariably reproduce as much as possible. And yet, contrary to what he says, there is nothing contrary to the theory as it is taught to undergraduate biology students, when older males prevents younger ones from getting access to females. It is straight-forward consequence of competition for a finite number of mates. Nor does there exist, as he claims, any contradiction in the fact that organisms defer reproduction until they reach a certain age and size; they are accumulating capital."

References

Darwinian Fairytales Wikipedia


Similar Topics
Yudh (film)
Yudit Pumariega
Juha Ruusuvuori
Topics