Originally published in 1997 Evolutionary Change addresses the somatic mechanism of change. Although astounding advances in molecular biology have opened up new engineering possibilities to shape our future in terms of "improving" the human species as well as eradicating all kinds of pathological characteristics of biological development, these possibilities pose potentially serious dangers. They arise primarily from the local nature of changes that are introduced and the impact of the environment on the overall development of the biological system. The book explores the biological mechanisms of change in their entirety – as they fit into the general dynamics of biological systems – and demonstrates the pitfalls of tackling change from a narrow perspective, using cancer as an example of certain pathological manifestations of these mechanisms of change.
Part I: An Analogy Between Socio-Economic and Biological Mechanisms of Change
1 Economic Mechanisms of Change and Biological Evolution
2. Mechanisms of Change in Socio-Political Systems and Biological Evolution
Part II: Evolutionary Mechanisms of Change: Normal Case
3. The Mechanisms of Biological Change – General Characteristics
4. Two Classes of Evolutionary Mechanisms of Change
5. Internal Mechanisms of Change
6. Special Features of the Somatic Mechanism of Change
7. Some Features of the Germatic Mechanism of Change
Part III: Evolutionary Mechanisms of Change: Pathology
8. First Steps En Route to a New Concept of Cancer
9. Characteristics of Cancer
The volumes in this set, originally published between 1913 and 1997, draw together research by leading academics in the area of evolution and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The collection examines evolution from a broad range of disciplines, from the anthropological development of modern society, to the scientific examinations of cellular and genetic evolution. The collection includes volumes across the disciplines of biology, natural history, anthropology, sociology and religion. The 16 books that comprise this collection include rigorous examinations into the psychological evolution of the brain, philosophical and theological examinations of evolution, analysis of genetic and cellular evolution, discussions of Darwinian theory, the affect of survival of the fittest from both genetic and political standpoints and examinations into the affinity between man and ape. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse subject of evolution and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of biology and anthropology, but of history, psychology and religion.