Hunting the Homunculus

Neural Darwinism: The Theory of Neuronal Group Selection

by Gerald M. Edelman
In the endless search for self-knowledge through the centuries a central question has been how we come to have any knowledge at all. Common sense has no doubts: as John Locke put it “perception is the first step towards knowledge, and the inlet of all the materials of it.” But …

Fascinating Rhythm

The Search for Solutions

by Horace Freeland Judson
It is generally believed that something called Science is an influence that has transformed human life in the last two centuries, but what is the nature of this agency that has such great power? Practicing scientists are often unwilling even to try to define it. If they make the attempt …

I Bee M

Bumble-Bee Economics

by Bernd Heinrich
The marvels of the societies of honey bees and their communications by dancing are widely known but probably few people realize that these are only the most sophisticated of the many less developed types of bee communities. There are 20,000 different species with all sorts of different cultures, making up …

Evolution Toward What?

The Beagle Record: Selections from the Original Pictorial Records and Written Accounts of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle

edited by Richard Darwin Keynes

Darwin and the Beagle

by Alan Moorehead
It is interesting that the scientific discovery that has had the greatest influence on human thought has no practical use whatever. Darwin’s demonstration that there was a time when no men existed and that we are directly descended from animals provided a whole set of new problems about the nature …

The Ape Who Never Grows Up

Ontogeny and Phylogeny

by Stephen Jay Gould
It is curious that through the centuries men seem to have been more interested in studying the heavens than things on Earth. Even when they did begin to investigate terrestrial matters it was the inorganic that they studied first. Exact knowledge about living creatures has come last of all among …