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Lifelines: Life Beyond the Gene

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A distinct voice in the nature/nurture debate, Rose's series of essays are a response to the biological reductionism of Richard Dawkins's book, The Selfish Gene (OUP, 1990), which insists that all aspects of human life are in our genes, and everything arises as a consequence of natural selection. Rose argues that life depends on the elaborate web of interactions that occur ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 9th 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 4th 1997)
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Misha
Mar 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
In the beginning of the book, Rose cites the successful popular books
by Levins and Levontin such as "Dialectical Biologists" and "Not in
Our Genes". He claims that their thesis of dialectical approach to
evolution and rejection of reductionism in biology bears
repeating. So, apparently, Rose decided to write a me-too book on the
subject. To increase the number of good books so to speak. Problem is
that he tries to extirpate the evils of reductionist thinking without
bothering to learn to write cogentl
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Robert Wood
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've been slogging through this at work over the past few weeks. Rose offers a critique of the kind of reductionist logic he sees within a particular strain of scientific thought that he identifies as ultra-Darwinist, and links to thinkers such as Dennett and Hawkins. Rose doesn't outright reject the idea of reductionism, but attempts to identify its limitations in complex systems that is often at the center of biology. He also rejects the notion that we are somehow merely an expression of our ...more
Dennis Littrell
Argues against reductionism in biology

We are not objects. We cannot be defined by our genes. It is only through an understanding of our developmental history in interaction with our environment that we can hope to know who we are.

Thus Steven Rose, molecular brain biologist and staunch foe of reductionist biology, has called upon the metaphor "lifelines" to describe our "trajectory" through time and space. We are processes. Furthermore, we are not passive processes, tossed hither and yon through
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Jamey
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
A terrific anti-reductionist book. The penultimate chapter is particularly excellent.
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