Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives
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 Everyoneaddresses 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.
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Be Careful What You Wish For
How the Dog Got Its Curly Tail
Dancing with Ghosts
Across the Cooperation Divide
The First Laugh
The Vital Arts
Dr Doolittle Was Right
How Many Inventors Does It Take to Make a Lightbulbº
Is There Anyone Out There? Is There Anyone Up There?
What Is the Function of a Can Opener? How Do You Know?
Your Apprentice License
Welcome Home Prodigal Son
Teaching the Experts
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Genetic Determinism
Theyve Got Personality
The Beauty of Abraham Lincoln
Love Thy Neighbor Microbe
Groups All the Way Down
Divided We Fall
The Egalitarian Ape
The Social Intelligence of Nations or Evil Aliens Need Not Apply
The Ecology of Good and Evil
Mosquitoes Under the Bed
The Return of the Amateur Scientist
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David Sloan Wilson
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