Darwin's Pharmacy: Sex, Plants, and the Evolution of the Noosphere by Richard Doyle

Philosophy and Rhetoric 48 (3):365-368 (2015)

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Although I do not know Richard Doyle personally, I would say that Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex Plants and the Evolution of the Noosphere is a deeply personal book. Not only does the author offer multiple accounts of his own multicontinental explorations of intraspecies cross-pollination, but he also provides many rhetorical analyses of trip reports, biological treatises, and science fiction, all of which seem to be crucial constitutive elements of his research. That is, this is not a book that offers abstract erudition—though there is plenty of content that anyone can extract from it—but one that offers something more rare. Here, I am reminded of Goethe’s famous remark, which Nietzsche chose to use as the epigraph to..
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