Evolution and Learning
The Baldwin Effect Reconsidered
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Evolution and Learning by Bruce H. Weber
Book DescriptionThe role of genetic inheritance dominates current evolutionary theory. At the end of the nineteenth century, however, several evolutionary theorists independently speculated that learned behaviors could also affect the direction and rate of evolutionary change. This notion was called the Baldwin effect, after the psychologist James Mark Baldwin. In recent years, philosophers and theorists of a variety of ontological and epistemological backgrounds have begun to employ the Baldwin effect in their accounts of the evolutionary emergence of mind and of how mind, through behavior, might affect evolution. The essays in this book discuss the originally proposed Baldwin effect, how it was modified over time, and its possible contribution to contemporary empirical and theoretical evolutionary studies. The topics include the effect of the modern evolutionary synthesis on the notion of the Baldwin effect, the nature and role of niche construction in contemporary evolutionary theory, the Baldwin effect in the context of developmental systems theory, the possible role of the Baldwin effect in computational cognitive science biosemiotics, and the emergence of consciousness and language.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262731812
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Bradford Books
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Bruce H. Weber
Entropy, Information, and Evolution, Paperback (June 2004)
One of the most exciting and controversial areas of scientific research in recent years has been the application of the principles of nonequilibrium thermodynamics to the problems of the physical evolution of the universe, the origins of life, the structure and succession of ecological systems, and biological evolution.
Darwinism Evolving, Paperback (August 1996)» View all books by Bruce H. Weber
Darwinism Evolving examines the Darwinian research tradition in evolutionary biology from its inception to its turbulent present, arguing that recent advances in modeling the nonlinear dynamics of complex systems may well catalyze the next major phase of Darwinian evolutionism.
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Author Biography - Bruce H. Weber
David J. Depew is Professor of Communication Studies and Rhetoric of Inquiry at the University of Iowa.
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