Evolution for Everyone

Evolution for Everyone

How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives

Book - 2007
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What is the biological reason for gossip?
For laughter? For the creation of art?
Why do dogs have curly tails?
What can microbes tell us about morality?

These and many other questions are tackled by renowned evolutionist David Sloan Wilson in this witty and groundbreaking new book. With stories that entertain as much as they inform, Wilson outlines the basic principles of evolution and shows how, properly understood, they can illuminate the length and breadth of creation, from the origin of life to the nature of religion. Now everyone can move beyond the sterile debates about creationism and intelligent design to share Darwin's panoramic view of animal and human life, seamlessly connected to each other.

Evolution, as Wilson explains, is not just about dinosaurs and human origins, but about why all species behave as they do--from beetles that devour their own young, to bees that function as a collective brain, to dogs that are smarter in some respects than our closest ape relatives. And basic evolutionary principles are also the foundation for humanity's capacity for symbolic thought, culture, and morality.

In example after example, Wilson sheds new light on Darwin's grand theory and how it can be applied to daily life. By turns thoughtful, provocative, and daringly funny, Evolution for Everyone addresses some of the deepest philosophical and social issues of this or any age. In helping us come to a deeper understanding of human beings and our place in the world, it might also help us to improve that world.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9780385340212
0385340214
Call Number: 576.801 WILSON
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Evolution.
Alternative Title: Evolution for everyone

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Ichérō
Nov 10, 2007

Good introductory book on how evolutionary thinking can be actively applied to discover (or at least hypothesize) ultimate causes for a diverse set of phenomena. Wilson is also an active proponent for the importance of group-level selection and he rehearses some of his arguments in favor thereof.

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