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Paperback | $32.00 Short | £22.95 | ISBN: 9780262731027 | 369 pp. | 6 x 9 in | January 1993

Beyond Natural Selection


in this broad and highly readable inquiry, Robert Wesson proposes an approach to evolution that is more in harmony with modern science than Darwinism or neoDarwinism. He emphasizes the importance for evolution of inner direction and the self-organizing capacities of life, a view that is better able to account for the chaotic nature of the evolutionary process and the inherent propensity of complex dynamic systems to grow more complex with time. Many examples of plants and animals support this idea, and Wesson includes both carefully documented scientific facts and intriguing anecdotes about the odd aberrations in natural selection.

Books by Robert Wesson include Cosmos and Metacosmos.

About the Author

Robert Wesson, a political scientist who has undergone ecdysis, is Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institute in Stanford, California.


"In many ways, this book is akin to a primer on current evolutionary theory. Yet, Wesson picks his points carefully as he builds the case that chaos theory offers a way of understanding order and pattern in evolution ... a coherent presentation of many contemporary evolutionary conundrums as they might be addressed through a chaos framework."
—Science Books & Films