Russian Journal of Developmental Biology, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2005, pp. 57–59. Translated from Ontogenez, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2005, pp. 68–70. Original Russian Text Copyright © 2005 by Olovnikov. REVIEWS Chaikovsky, Yu.V., Evolyutsiya (Evolution), Moscow: Tsentr sistemnykh issledovanii—Inst. Istorii Estestvozn. Tekhn. Ross. Akad. Nauk, 2003, no. 22, Tsenologicheskie issledovaniya (Coenological Studies) All aspects of evolutionary science have been con- attention. He analyzed examples of effective selection sidered in the reviewed book, including its relationships and indicated that selection acts according to the with religion and various scientiﬁc disciplines. By the scheme of artiﬁcial, rather than natural (after Darwin) way, an ideological vacuum in understanding the evolu- selection. He underlined that selection cannot be effec- tionism was formed after the downfall of communistic tive where two or more properties undergo changes. He ideology, of which Darwinism was one of keystones, proposed to term acquisition, whose individual parts and this vacuum started to be ﬁlled with religious and cannot be an object of selection due to their nonfunc- mystic doctrines. Meanwhile, unlike in the West, where tionality, a “quantum of selection.” Chaikovsky also religion looks for contacts with science for some three believes that a mutation providing a minimal advantage
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