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The World of Life Paperback – 2005

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN-10: 140218543X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402185434
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Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was a naturalist who is best known for the co-discovery of natural selection with Charles Darwin, being a key contributor in the development of evolutionary theory in the 19th century, and for his work establishing biogeography (distribution of species across geography and geological time). Many of his most important works on evolution can be found in: Natural Selection and Tropical Nature: Essays on Descriptive and Theoretical Biology, The Geographical Distribution of Animals: With a Study of the Relations of Living and Extinct Faunas as Elucidating the Past Chances of the Earth's Surface. Volume 1 and The Geographical Distribution of Animals: With a Study of the Relations of Living and Extinct Faunas as Elucidating the Past Chances of the Earth's Surface. Volume 2. He certainly differed from Darwin in some respects, but what is most important is how those slight differences made such an interesting twist on perceptions of design and natural laws. Those subtle, but significant, differences were more developed near the end of his life when he published the World of Life in 1910.

Contrary to some beliefs on Wallace, in the book he infers design broadly as being involved somewhere in the development of life and argues strongly for Darwinian evolution, but he clearly rejected theism.
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I have not read the book yet; just the Preface. But I wanted to report the book is reproduced well and is like reading an original.

In the preface Wallace makes it clear he believes we were designed by God. I have read in some of the other reviews, where people were disputing this.

"a directive mind which is demanded at every step of what we term growth"
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