Darwin Evolving: Distinguished Naturalists

Dr. David Sloan Wilson Feb 18, 2009

David Sloan Wilson

Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives

The most disturbing fact about public awareness of evolution is not that roughly 50% of Americans don't believe it, but that nearly 100% don't connect it to matters of importance in their lives. For most of the 20th century, evolutionary theory was restricted to the biological sciences and avoided for most human-related subjects. That is now rapidly changing, as virtually every human-related subject is being approached from an evolutionary perspective. As soon as evolution is perceived as unthreatening, explanatory, and useful for understanding and improving the human condition, it can become not just acceptable but irresistible.

Bio

(http://evolution.binghamton.edu/dswilson/ ) is SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University. He applies evolutionary theory to all aspects of humanity in addition to the rest of life, both in his own research and as director of EvoS, a unique campus-wide evolutionary studies program (http://evolution.binghamton.edu/evos/). He is known for championing the theory of multilevel selection, which has implications ranging from the origin of life to the nature of religion. His most recent book is Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives (Bantam, 2007). His next book will be published by Little, Brown and is titled Evolving the City: An Evolutionist Contemplates Changing the World--One City at a Time