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Can Darwinism be “Generalized” and of what use would this be?
It is shown that in the development of evolutionary biology, the abstract principles of so-called “Generalized Darwinism” have not been crucial for distinguishing Darwinian from non-Darwinian approaches and, hence, cannot be considered genuinely Darwinian.
The roots of Evo-Devo in Russia: Is there a characteristic “Russian Tradition”?
- G. Levit
- EconomicsTheory in Biosciences
- 6 November 2007
The major thesis of this paper is that the very character of the Russian developmental biology and its intellectual environment predisposed a strong bias towards environmentalist interpretations and thus anticipated what the authors now call “ecological developmental biology”.
Biofilm, Biodictyon, Biomat Microbialites, Oolites, Stromatolites Geophysiology, Global Mechanism, Parahistology
This article is conceived as an introduction to “Fossil and Recent Biofilms”. Fossil and recent microbial communities adhering to, overgrowing and enmeshing inorganic substrates are introduced. The…
The “Biogenetic Law” in zoology: from Ernst Haeckel’s formulation to current approaches
Haeckel’s original idea is described and its development in the thinking of two scientists inspired by Haeckel, Alexei Sewertzoff and Adolf Naef are followed, which can be seen as a modern version of the biogenetic law.
From the "Modern Synthesis" to cybernetics: Ivan Ivanovich Schmalhausen (1884-1963) and his research program for a synthesis of evolutionary and developmental biology.
It is shown that taking all of Ivan I. Schmalhausen's works into consideration (including those only available in Russian) paints a much more dynamic and exciting picture of what he tried to achieve.
The biosphere and the noosphere theories of V.I. Vernadsky and P. Teilhard de Chardin: a methodological essay
- G. Levit
Russia’s new Lysenkoism
Alternative evolutionary theories: A historical survey
Our overview has the objective of making our study relevant to bioeconomists. The need for the ‘alternatives’ to the Synthetic Theory of Evolution in social-economic studies was substantiated, for…
Looking at Russian Ecology Through the Biosphere Theory
- G. Levit
The biosphere theory is crucial for all environmental sciences including scientific ecology. In Russia, the theory was from the very beginning a powerful factor affecting global and other holistic…