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Goodenough, U. (2005). Reductionism and holism, chance and selection, mechanism and mind. Zygon, 40(2), 369-380. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9744.2005.00669.x
Despite its rich and deepening panoply of empirical support, evolutionary theory continues to generate widespread concern. Some of this concern can be attributed to misunderstandings of the original concept, some to unfamiliarity with its current trajectories, and some to strongly held fears that it strips the human of cherished attributes. In this essay I seek to deconstruct such misunderstandings, lift up current concepts of what evolution entails, and address some of the existential issues it generates.
Goodenough, Ursula, "Reductionism and Holism, Chance and Selection, Mechanism and Mind" (2005). Biology Faculty Publications & Presentations. 88.