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The Resource The restless clock : a history of the centuries-long argument over what makes living things tick, Jessica Riskin

The restless clock : a history of the centuries-long argument over what makes living things tick, Jessica Riskin

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The restless clock : a history of the centuries-long argument over what makes living things tick
Title
The restless clock
Title remainder
a history of the centuries-long argument over what makes living things tick
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Jessica Riskin
Title variation
History of the centuries-long argument over what makes living things tick
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Language
eng
Summary
Today, a scientific explanation is not meant to ascribe agency to natural phenomena: we would not say a rock falls because it seeks the center of the earth. Even for living things, in the natural sciences and often in the social sciences, the same is true. A modern botanist would not say that plants pursue sunlight. This has not always been the case, nor, perhaps, was it inevitable. Since the seventeenth century, many thinkers have made agency, in various forms, central to science. The Restless Clock examines the history of this principle, banning agency, in the life sciences. It also tells the story of dissenters embracing the opposite idea: that agency is essential to nature. The story begins with the automata of early modern Europe, as models for the new science of living things, and traces questions of science and agency through Descartes, Leibniz, Lamarck, and Darwin, among many others. Mechanist science, Jessica Riskin shows, had an associated theology: the argument from design, which found evidence for a designer in the mechanisms of nature. Rejecting such appeals to a supernatural God, the dissenters sought to naturalize agency rather than outsourcing it to a "divine engineer." Their model cast living things not as passive but as active, self-making machines. The conflict between passive- and active-mechanist approaches maintains a subterranean life in current science, shaping debates in fields such as evolutionary biology, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence. This history promises not only to inform such debates, but also our sense of the possibilities for what it means to engage in science--and even what it means to be alive.--Provided by publisher
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Riskin, Jessica
Dewey number
147
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q175.32.V65
LC item number
R57 2016
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Vitalism
  • Mechanism (Philosophy)
  • Life (Biology)
  • Science
  • Life (Biology)
  • Mechanism (Philosophy)
  • Science
  • Vitalism
  • Vitalisme (filosofie)
  • Biowissenschaften
  • Mechanismus
  • Vitalismus
  • Vitalisme
  • PHILOSOPHY / Mind & Body
  • SCIENCE / History
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences
  • SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects
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The restless clock : a history of the centuries-long argument over what makes living things tick, Jessica Riskin
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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Contents
Introduction: Huxley's joke, or the problem of agency in nature and science -- 1. Machines in the garden -- 2. Descartes among the machines -- 3. The passive telescope or the restless clock -- 4. The first androids -- 5. The adventures of Mr. Machine -- 6. Dilemmas of a self-organizing machine -- 7. Darwin between the machines -- 8. The mechanical egg and the intelligent egg -- 9. Outside in -- 10. History matters
Control code
907147512
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 548 pages
Isbn
9780226302928
Lccn
2015019941
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other control number
40025877590
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)907147512
Label
The restless clock : a history of the centuries-long argument over what makes living things tick, Jessica Riskin
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Huxley's joke, or the problem of agency in nature and science -- 1. Machines in the garden -- 2. Descartes among the machines -- 3. The passive telescope or the restless clock -- 4. The first androids -- 5. The adventures of Mr. Machine -- 6. Dilemmas of a self-organizing machine -- 7. Darwin between the machines -- 8. The mechanical egg and the intelligent egg -- 9. Outside in -- 10. History matters
Control code
907147512
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 548 pages
Isbn
9780226302928
Lccn
2015019941
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40025877590
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)907147512

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