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The Deep Structure of BiologyThe Deep Structure of Biology

Is Convergence Sufficiently Ubiquitous to Give a Directional Signal?

Edited by Simon Conway Morris

Narrated by Philip Sondericker

Available from Audible

Book published by Templeton Press

Twelve renowned scientists and theologians offer penetrating insights into the evolution dialogue in The Deep Structure of Biology. Each considers whether the orthodox model of evolution is sufficient and offers his/her own perspective on evolution and biology. Essays include: Chance and Necessity in Evolution; Green Plants as Intelligent Organisms; Canny Corvoids and Political Primates: A Case for Convergent Evolution in Intelligence; Social and Cultural Evolution in the Ocean: Convergences and Contrasts with Terrestrial Systems; Purpose in Nature: On the Possibility of a Theology of Evolution.

Editor Simon Conway Morris provides the introduction and an overview of the issues as well as an essay on evolution and convergence. Other contributors are: Richard Lenski, George McGhee, Karl Niklas, Anthony Trewavas, Nigel Franks, Nicola Clayton, Nathan Emery, HalWhitehead, Robert Foley, Michael Ruse, Celia Deane-Drummond, and John Haught.

The discussion of biology and evolution in these essays broadens the scope of the traditional evolution discussion as it aims to stimulate the development of further research programs. Scholars in the science and religion field will find this book a valuable resource.

Simon Conway Morris is professor of evolutionary palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge where he received his PhD. A Gifford Lecturer in 2007, he is a fellow of the Royal Society and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Walcott Medal of the National Academy of Sciences and the Lyell Medal of the Geological Society of London.


“This book provides an accessible introduction to the discussion of contingency and convergence in evolution.”

Reports of the National Center for Science Education

“Highly recommended.”


“This book is highly recommended. It is hugely erudite, generally lucid, and always thought provoking.”

Science and Christian Belief

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