In Lifelines, neuroscientist Steven Rose offers a theory of life that insists that we as humans - along with all living creatures - create our own futures, though in circumstances not of our own choosing.
Today, genes are called upon to explain almost every aspect of our lives, from social inequalities to health, sexual preference, political orientation and criminality. In this incisive and original account, Steven Rose confronts the fashionable ideology of ultra-Darwinism, which reduces humans to little more than machines for the replication of DNA. Whilst recognising the importance of genes and natural selection, Professor Rose argues that the trajectory of life (lifeline) depends on the complex interactions that occur within cells, organisms and ecosystems through time and space. By placing the organism rather than the gene at the centre of life, he offers a bold new perspective on biology that acknowledges the essentially complex nature of life.
Steven Rose is Professor of Biology at the Open University and joint Professor of Physic at London's Gresham College with his wife, Hilary Rose.
"In the current intellectual and political climate, there is a desperate need to return to the real biology of real organisms, including human beings, in a real world. For the general reader wanting to know how this might be done, there can be no better guide than Rose's book" New Scientist "Written with admirable clarity and force... I can't imagine anyone who wanted enlightenment coming away from this book empty-handed" Spectator "Essential reading for anyone interested in biology and evolution" Times Higher Education Supplement "There is no denying his skill as a writer...a flowing, elegant scientific treatise" Observer
'Rose eloquently achieves his aim of reintroducing a philosophy to biology' Sunday Telegraph 20041129
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