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  • Evolution: A View from the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James A. Shapiro
    • Narrated By Ira Rosenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (20)
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    (17)
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    James A. Shapiro's Evolution: A View from the 21st Century proposes an important new paradigm for understanding biological evolution. Shapiro demonstrates why traditional views of evolution are inadequate to explain the latest evidence, and presents a compelling alternative. His information and systems-based approach integrates advances in symbiogenesis, epigenetics, and mobile genetic elements, and points toward an emerging synthesis of physical, information, and biological sciences.

    Nelson Alexander says: "Fine for Student Review"
    "A Brilliant Modern Look at Evolutionary Biology"
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    Would you listen to Evolution again? Why?

    I will be listening to this more than once, as there is a lot of information in here.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Finally a description of evolutionary biology that take into account the last 20 years of advances in biological research.


    What does Ira Rosenberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An enjoyable voice for sure. However, the real benefit for me was being able to perform menial tasks while listening.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reaction was largely relief that the field of evolutionary biology may be moving in a direction where it will finally incorporate recent advances in molecular biology.


    Any additional comments?

    As an audiobook the content may be a little difficult for those without a background in biology, however a lot of additional content is available on his website. If you are interested in evolutionary biology it is worth the effort of understanding the information in this book. I think far too many people learn about evolutionary biology from authors like Gould and Dawkins only because it is easy and not because it best represents our current understanding of biology.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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