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The Resource Progress unchained : ideas of evolution, human history and the future, Peter J. Bowler, Queen's University Belfast, (electronic resource)

Progress unchained : ideas of evolution, human history and the future, Peter J. Bowler, Queen's University Belfast, (electronic resource)

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Progress unchained : ideas of evolution, human history and the future
Title
Progress unchained
Title remainder
ideas of evolution, human history and the future
Statement of responsibility
Peter J. Bowler, Queen's University Belfast
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Progress Unchained reinterprets the history of the idea of progress using parallels between evolutionary biology and changing views of human history. Early concepts of progress in both areas saw it as the ascent of a linear scale of development toward a final goal. The 'chain of being' defined a hierarchy of living things with humans at the head, while social thinkers interpreted history as a development toward a final paradise or utopia. Darwinism reconfigured biological progress as a 'tree of life' with multiple lines of advance not necessarily leading to humans, each driven by the rare innovations that generate entirely new functions. Popular writers such as H. G. Wells used a similar model to depict human progress, with competing technological innovations producing ever-more rapid changes in society. Bowler shows that as the idea of progress has become open-ended and unpredictable, a variety of alternative futures have been imagined.--
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Bowler, Peter J
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Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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Cambridge Social Sciences eBooks
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  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Human evolution
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Progress unchained : ideas of evolution, human history and the future, Peter J. Bowler, Queen's University Belfast, (electronic resource)
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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rdacontent
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CR9781108909877
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Extent
1 online resource (viii, 307 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781108909877
Media category
computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1236896137
Label
Progress unchained : ideas of evolution, human history and the future, Peter J. Bowler, Queen's University Belfast, (electronic resource)
Link
https://eui.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108909877
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
CR9781108909877
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 307 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781108909877
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1236896137

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