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The Philosophy of Evolution

U.V.S. Rana (Author) K. Srinivas (Author) N.C. Aery (Author) A.K. Purohit (Author)

From the preface: In present compemium of ideas on the philosophy of evolution Stanley Sessions set the tune of discussions in Darwinian perspective. Dr. Rossi is exploring the co evolution of brain, mind and consciousness from the stand point of neuroscience. Chris King examines the phenomenal nature of subjective consciousness to elucidate a possible biophysical basis for its existence. Ruggero Rapparani aims to understand how the physical neural processes going on in the brain give rise to the sum of feelings that we call mind. Sreenivasa Rao reminds us of the Buddhist view of consciousness, while Libb Thims asserts that life is a defunct scientific theory and consciousness has no physical basis, Ted thinks that everything in the universe is conscious. Sekhar thinks that consciousness is the property of living beings only. John Patrick explores the possibility of developing unified theory of evolution, an attempt to reconcile entropy and evolution. Shajan Mathew explores an explanation for evolution alternate to Darwin's theory.

Arunachalam explores Homo gene pool and its connection with Gondwanaland crescent. Kaushlendra reviews human migration and formation of social groups of India alive problem. Aery explains domestication of plants and evolution of agriculture. Evans thinks of modulation of human evolution towards non killing societies. Finally, Purohit reviews the diversified research interests in evolutionary biology.

The fact that the theory of evolution of Darwin survived for 150 years tells about its robustness or fitness. However, the opening up of consciousness studies in the scientific arena is bound to review the understanding of evolution and in that newer explanations may be demanded.

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About the authors

N.C. Aery

Prof. N.C. Aery is Professor of Botany and Associate Dean, University College of Science, M.L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur. For the last 30 years or so, Dr. Aery has worked in various fields of environment namely, Geobotany and Biogeochemistry of Mineral Deposits, Phytoremediation, Biomonitoring, Ecotoxicology and Biodiversity. Dr. Aery visited Colombo, sri Lanka and Budapest, Hungary to attend ICRO/IUBS/ICSU Training Programmes on Biomonitoring, published more than 100 research papers in National and International journals of repute and has handled 10 major research projects funded by various agencies. Eighteen students have completed their Ph.D. and 08 are pursuing research work under his guidance. Presently, his group is pursuing studies on the environmental monitoring of naturally occurring radionucllides, essentiality/toxicity of Se, Li, si, Ag and U in plants, phytoremediation of mining wastelands integrating Remote Sensing and GIS technology and relative agronomic evaluation of certain phosphatic fertilizers. He is making serious efforts to digitise the plant collection of this region in order to establish the first Electronic Herbarium in the state of Rajasthan.

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A.K. Purohit

Dr. A.K. Purohit (M.Sc., Ph.D) Presently working as Director of Academic Staff College-cum-Distance Education Centre (ASC-DEC), RAU, Bikaner possesses experience of teaching and research for more than 35 years. He has served a term of Director, Extension Education, RAU, Bikaner and research interests in indigenous technological Knowledge and Role of ICT in Distance Education. Dr. Purohit has been instrumental in initiating non-formal Distance Education programmes of RAU, Bikaner.

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Title The Philosophy of Evolution
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Yash Publication
Language: English
isbn 8186882359
length viii+192p., Figs.