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A Reason for Everything: Natural Selection and the British Imagination Hardcover – September 2, 2004
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Kohn selects six figures who made major contributions in expounding how adaptation provides the design framework for evolution. The men, and they are necessarily men, as Kohn notes carefully, were "profoundly impressed with the power of natural selection". Kohn's title is derived from their uniformity in seeing organisms as perfectly suited to their current environment. If a trait could be identified, it must be a successful adaptation. They understood better than anybody how nature selected organisms to survive without any interference from "divine intelligence" or any other supernatural force. This, in the face of several of them continuing to profess faith in Christianity. Kohn doesn't attempt to rationalise this dichotomy.Read more ›