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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Wilson outlines the basic principles of evolution with stories that entertain as much as they inform, and shows how, properly understood, these principles 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.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2007
Description: viii, 390 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780385340212
0385340214
Branch Call Number: 576.8 Wil

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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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