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Title Evolution and learning : the Baldwin effect reconsidered / edited by Bruce H. Weber and David J. Depew
Published Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2003]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 341 pages) : illustrations
Series Life and mind
Life and mind.
Contents Baldwin boosters, Baldwin skeptics -- Baldwin and his many effects / David J. Depew -- Baldwin effects and the expansion of the explanatory repertoire in evolutionary biology / Stephen M. Downes -- Between Baldwin skepticism and Baldwin boosterism / Peter Godfrey-Smith -- The Baldwin effect: a crane, not a skyhook / Daniel Dennett -- Multilevel selection in a complex adaptive system: the problem of language origins / Terrence W. Deacon -- Postscript on the Baldwin effect and niche construction / Peter Godfrey-Smith, Daniel Dennett, and Terrence W. Deacon -- Evolution, development, and the individual acquisition of traits: what we've learned since Baldwin / Celia L. Moore -- Baldwin and beyond: organic selection and genetic assimilation / Brian K. Hall -- On having a hammer / Susan Oyama -- Beyond the Baldwin effect: James Mark Baldwin's "Social Heredity," epigenetic inheritance, and niche construction / Paul E. Griffiths -- The Baldwin effect in the age of computation / Ruben R. Puentedura -- Role of predator-induced polyphenism in the evolution of cognition: a baldwinian speculation / Scott F. Gilbert -- Baldwin and biosemiotics: what intelligence is for / Jesper Hoffmeyer and Kalevi Kull -- The hierarchic logic of emergence: untangling the interdependence of evolution and self-organization / Terrence W. Deacon -- Emergence of mind and the Baldwin effect / Bruce H. Weber
Summary The role of genetic inheritance dominates current evolutionary theory. At the end of the nineteenth century, however, several evolutionary theorists independently speculated that learned behaviors could also affect the direction and rate of evolutionary change. This notion was called the Baldwin effect, after the psychologist James Mark Baldwin. In recent years, philosophers and theorists of a variety of ontological and epistemological backgrounds have begun to employ the Baldwin effect in their accounts of the evolutionary emergence of mind and of how mind, through behavior, might affect evolution. The essays in this book discuss the originally proposed Baldwin effect, how it was modified over time, and its possible contribution to contemporary empirical and theoretical evolutionary studies. The topics include the effect of the modern evolutionary synthesis on the notion of the Baldwin effect, the nature and role of niche construction in contemporary evolutionary theory, the Baldwin effect in the context of developmental systems theory, the possible role of the Baldwin effect in computational cognitive science biosemiotics, and the emergence of consciousness and language
Notes "A Bradford book."
Based on a conference held in Nov. 1999 at Bennington College
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Baldwin, James Mark, 1861-1934.
Evolutionary psychology.
Learning, Psychology of.
Biological Evolution.
Form Electronic book
Author Depew, David J., 1942-
Weber, Bruce H.
ISBN 0262232294
026228586X (electronic bk.)
0585481741 (electronic bk.)
9780262285865 (electronic bk.)
9780585481746 (electronic bk.)
(hc. ; alk. paper)
(hc. ; alk. paper)