Eu sou um macaco? Seis grandes questões sobre a evolução - Novo livro de Francisco Ayala

quarta-feira, outubro 27, 2010

Am I a Monkey?: Six Big Questions about Evolution 

Francisco J. Ayala

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Ayala, past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and winner of the 2010 Templeton Prize, is well positioned to write another book (after Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion) about the relationship between religion and science and the importance of evolution. He's done just that, but in surprisingly abbreviated form. The title's six questions are: am I a monkey?; why is evolution a theory?; what is DNA?; do all scientists accept evolution?; how did life begin?; and can one believe in evolution and God? Another question is, who is this book written for? Presumably for religious believers who reject evolution and are perplexed by Ayala's six questions. But beginning an answer to the title question by saying humans are more closely related to apes than to monkeys won't gain that reader's trust. Ayala also assumes a basic familiarity with biological terms and processes. The large point Ayala makes, repeatedly and clearly, is that science and religion are not contradictory, but rather complementary, as different ways of knowing the world. Ayala's passion is obvious, but it's not clear that evolution heretics will become believers after reading this book. 3 halftones, 5 line drawings. 

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"Professor Ayala has written an important book -- a lucid account of evolutionary theory and related topics, which reviews the overwhelming evidence that establishes evolution as an incontrovertible fact, and which then goes on to offer some convincing reasons why people of faith need not regard the theory of evolution as an enemy or an obstacle to their religious beliefs." -- Harry Frankfurt, author of On Bullshit and On Truth


Product Details

Hardcover: 104 pages
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0801897548
ISBN-13: 978-0801897542
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces