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From the preface to the book:
One of the most remarkable aspects of the universe in which we find ourselves is that this universe has somehow acquired awareness and knowledge of itself.
Although many and varied disciplines are encountered in this book, they are organized around just two quite simple underlying themes. The first is that in all these fields of inquiry, three major types of explanation have been proposed for the origin and growth of knowledge, that is, for the increase in fit between an organism or product of an organism and its physical or social environment. These three explanations are referred to as providential, instructionist, and selectionist theories. The second theme is that in the many diverse disciplines of knowledge we are about to explore, the first two types of explanations have repeatedly been replaced by the third.
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