Evolution is true, it happens, it is the way the world is, and we too are one of its products. This does not mean that evolution does not have metaphysical implications; I remain convinced that this is the case.
He uses convergence as his foundation, defining it as "the recurrent tendency of biological organization to arrive at the same 'solution' to a particular 'need'" and offering a multitude of examples, including eusociality, olfaction, and the generation of electrical fields. In outlining the direction and inevitability he believes is inherent in evolution, Conway Morris stacks up compelling evidence in the form of a revealed "protein hyperspace" that limits the possibilities of amino acid combination to a few, often repeated (pre-ordained?) forms. While he skirts a focus on the relentless environmental pressures that result in adaptation, Conway Morris also derides the notion that the gene rules evolution. He accuses his opponents (primarily Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Dawkins) "genetic fundamentalism" who use "sleights of hand, special pleading, and sanctimoniousness... trying to smuggle back the moral principle through the agency of the gene." Dense with examples and complex biological proofs, Life's Solution is not an easy explanation of convergence for general readers. Still, it is a clear and exciting elucidation of the theory that evolution might have predictable outcomes, even for those who find Conway Morris' metaphysical arguments unconvincing. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This book is yeat another example of evolutionists' leaps of faith. Instead of comming to the obvious conclusion that the convergence of biological principles and mechanisms is the... Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by Jonatas Machado
Cambridge paleontologist Simon Conway Morris in this book covers convergence and its implications for understanding evolution. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004
Conway Morris has had a excellent record at producing science books, until now. It is a shame he has wandered into an area where he seems to be producing pseudoscientific babble... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004
Thumbs up indeed, despite reservations. This book at least makes clear Morris' debate with Gould who should be rolling over in his grave. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2003 by John C. Landon
Researched and written by Simon Conway Morris (Ad Hominen Professor in the Earth Science Department at the University of Cambridge), Life's Solution: Inevitable Humans In A Lonely... Read morePublished on Dec 13 2003 by Midwest Book Review
Too many books are written about evolution. This is really a book about life, not evolution. Morris (who contributed much to our understanding of the early history of the animals)... Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003 by Filippo Neri
Both the book, and plowing through it. I bought this book because "Wonderful Life" (S.J. Gould) presented such a depressing paradigm of human existance, and Mr. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2003 by Bret Daline