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The Big Questions: Evolution [Kindle Edition]

Francisco Ayala
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In The Big Questions: Evolution, one of the world's leading experts, Francisco Ayala, examines key facets of genetics, evolution and cloning. He uses the most up-to-date research to answer the 20 key questions of evolution, and investigate what they tell us about life on Earth.

What is evolution? What is natural selection? Is evolution a random process? What are chromosomes, genes and DNA? What is molecular evolution? What is the tree of life? What does the fossil record tell us? Is intelligence inherited? Can I clone myself? Is language a uniquely human attribute? Was Darwin right? What is 'survival of the fittest'? What is a species? How do genes build bodies? How did life begin? Am I really a monkey? What is the missing link? Will humans continue to evolve? Where does morality come from? Is Creationism true?

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The Big Questions series confronts the fundamental problems of science and philosophy that have perplexed enquiring minds throughout history. In The Big Questions: Evolution, Francisco J. Ayala presents a cutting-edge exploration of the origins and development of life as we know it. From the basic principles of adaptation and natural selection to the latest research on cloning and consciousness, Professor Ayala reveals how the living world came to be, and answers, once and for all, the controversial question of evolution. How did life begin? What is evolution? Will we continue to evolve? Is intelligence inherited? What are chromosomes, genes and DNA? Is language a uniquely human attribute? How do genes build bodies? What does the fossil record tell us? Can there be a design without a designer? Am I really a monkey? What is survival of the fittest? Was Darwin right? What is a species? Where does morality come from? Is creationism true? What is molecular evolution? Who was our common ancestor? Is evolution a matter of chance? What is the missing link? Can I clone myself?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 777 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (7 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007C4FYQC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,887 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading 3 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book starts well for the lay reader, but at one point uses terms and symbols that have not been introduced and are offputting. The book doesn't quite live up to its title, but is nevertheless worth reading.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Zero star 26 July 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The author F J Ayala, conflicted and wrong when discussing 'religion' and 'science'.

Why wasn't Richard Dawkins, Ethologist, Evolutionary biologist, and Writer, asked to undertake this task? Perhaps because he was on the wrong side of the Atlantic?

A zero star for this awful book - a waste of my money!
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3.0 out of 5 stars not that easy to digest 15 May 2014
Format:Hardcover
supposed to be for the layman but conceivably to be made even easier to read on a subject that interests me personally
you can read it in small bits and leave yourself feeling underwhelmed or saying to yourself what the heck did i just read i need to read that again
isnt the point to enjoy what you are reading or is it just me
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