The Origins of Life: From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language

  title={The Origins of Life: From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language},
  author={JOHN MAYNARD Smith and E{\"o}rs Szathm{\'a}ry},
When John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary published The Major Transitions in Evolution, it was seen as a major work in biology. Nature hailed it as a book of "grand and daunting sweep.... A splendid and rewarding tour de force." And New Scientist wrote that it captured "the essence of modern biology," calling it "an extremely significant book which, as a bonus, is very readable." Now, in The Origins of Life, Maynard Smith and Szathmary have completely rewritten Transitions to bring their… 

The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited

In this volume, prominent scholars reconsider and extend the earlier book's themes in light of recent developments in evolutionary biology, and discuss different frameworks for understanding macroevolution, prokaryote evolution, and the complex evolution of multicellularity.

Darwinian Explanations of the Origin of Language Since the publication 150 years ago of the Origin of Species, Darwin’s work has invaded many branches of science. However, those invasions remain a field of hefty debate. This

Introduction: A Dynamic View of Evolution

The Major Transitions in Evolution is part of an important tradition in evolutionary b iology. This tradition attempts to identify large-scale patterns in life’s history, and to relate those patterns

Reflections on Life: Lessons from Evolutionary Biology, with Insights from Sergius Bulgakov

It is argued that evolution is the unifying theory within biology and that nothing in biology makes sense without it, and that many serious scholars who choose not to accept evolution do so because of false ideas that they believe acceptance of evolution will convey about the authors' society and their world.

The evolution of the Faculty of Language from a Chomskyan perspective: bridging linguistics and biology.

  • V. M. Longa
  • Biology
    Journal of anthropological sciences = Rivista di antropologia : JASS
  • 2013
It is argued that the biological machinery of language is neither specifically linguistic nor specifically human, although language itself can still be considered a species-specific innate trait, based on the high specificity of language.

Evolution, the Extended Synthesis

In the six decades since the publication of Julian Huxley's Evolution: The Modern Synthesis, the spectacular empirical advances in the biological sciences have been accompanied by equally significant

The origin of life: look up and look down.

As a scientific endeavor, the origin of life is a retracing of the transition from prebiotic to biotic, which can be accomplished in both directions, from the bottom up or from the top down.

The problem of the emergence of functional diversity in prebiotic evolution

It is argued here that a special type of self-maintaining organization, arising from the interplay among a set of different endogenously produced constraints (pre-enzymatic catalysts and primitive compartments included), is required for the appearance of functional diversity in the first place.

Semiotic systems with duality of patterning and the issue of cultural replicators

It is argued that semiotic systems with Duality of Pattering force us to reconsider either the analogy between replicators in the biological and the cultural domain, or what it is to be a replicator in linguistics.