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· The Mysterious World of the Human Genome

· The Sword of Feimhin

· The Tower of Bones

· The Snowmelt River

· The Mystery of Metamorphosis

· Virolution

· The Brain Food Diet

· Sweet Summer

· Between Clouds and the Sea

· Tiger Tiger

Short Stories
· A Bane Returns

· What is it that you think you are doing?

· The Song of the Fairy King

· A Glimpse of the Apocalypse

· Of Blues and books and Captain Beefheart

· I'm all a-twitter about romance

· A Painting Called “Sweet Summer”

· Ann Rice Review of Metamorphosis

· When Art and Literature Connect

· Stick to your guns

· Prometheus (Frankenstein) Revisited

· What lies at the core of you

· Major new non-fiction title

· Free Chapters of my Final Book

· Spectacular Film trailer for The Doomsday Genie

· Now out - The Sword of Feimhin

· Lovelock and Gaia Reappraised

· Excellent Review of The Snowmelt River

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Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin (US), Thompson (UK) ISBN-10:  0618118128


Copyright:  2002/ 2003

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A different way of looking at evolution, now increasingly espoused in leading scientific journals, universities and presentations.

In Darwin's Blind Spot, Frank Ryan counters the belief that evolution developed through simple survival of the fittest. He argues instead that life on the planet is not only a bloody battle for supremacy, but is also the result of a labyrinth of cooperation.   Darwin based his theory of evolution on competition between individuals, leading to the accumulation of gradual changes, dictated by natural selection. Evolution, he declared, could not make a sudden jump. Only later did biological scientist realize the importance of living interactions, whether as symbioses between different species and as cooperation within species, particularly humans. As Ryan explains, gigantic leaps in evolution have arisen from the blending of whole life-forms, giving rise to the great divisions of life, including the kingdoms of plants and animals, and ultimately to humanity itself.  The reader is taken on a fascinating journey through the history of evolutionary theory in the 19th and 20th centuries, where both hard science and human behavior are discussed as the author explains his wider view of evolution. Ryan gives a plethora of examples, from the union with bacteria that still powers our living cells to the flowering plants that depend on bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds for reproduction; and most startling of all, the retroviruses that live in the human genome and emerge to play their part in every pregnancy. In a book full of scientific wonders, he shows how the Genome of life lies at the heart of all evolutionary change - a force of symbiotic creativity that is far more powerful than conventional Darwinism assumes. This has important ramifications for our understanding of human evolution and for the forces that still underlie and drive human society. With symbiosis introduced as a creative force in the evolutionary equation, Ryan sees human society evolving to a more civilized stage as our genetic hardwiring in favor of cooperation, love and friendship increasingly influences our behavior.   Darwin's Blind Spot went out as a Kindle for the first time on August 3 2015.  

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*** This book has been recommended by the eminent financial guru, Charlie Munger, as his 'Featured Book' at the 2003 Berkshire Hathaway meeting. 'Ryan (Virus X)... attempts to find a common explanation for much in our natural world. Ranging widely from the origin of life to the creation of human civilization and from the origin of sex to the root causes of many mental illnesses, Ryan turns to symbiosis ("an association between different species that persists for a long period") as the natural force responsible for all this and much more.'  

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