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Record number 427921
Title The pursuit of complexity : the utility of biodiversity from an evolutionary perspective
Author(s) Jagers Op Akkerhuis, G.A.J.M.
Source Zeist : KNNV - ISBN 9789050114431 - 115
Department(s) CE - Molecular Ecology Ecotoxicology and Wildlife Management
Wageningen Environmental Research
Publication type Book aimed at a professional audience
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) biodiversiteit - evolutie - biodiversity - evolution
Categories Biodiversity
Abstract What use is biodiversity, and does it matter if species die out? These controversial questions arouse considerable debate. Most people believe they represent a moral dilemma, but The Pursuit of Complexity shows that it is possible to explore them in a scientific way. Author Gerard Jagers op Akkerhuis takes us back to the underlying fundamental questions: What actually is usefulness, or utility? What is evolution? What is life? What is biodiversity? And how important are human beings in all this? According to him we have to look at evolution in an entirely different way. If we do that we see that it follows predictable patterns, and that it is possible to anticipate the next stage in the evolutionary process.
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