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This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution

F engaging and insightful examplesfrom the breeding of hens to the timing of cataract surgeries to the organization of an automobile plantWilson shows how an evolutionary worldview provides a practical tool kit for understanding not only genetic evolution but also the fast paced changes that are hav. I received an advanced copy of this book in absolutely no way tied to this review and I loved it so much that I bought several to give to family friends and colleagues I can t wait to find ways to apply this to the world What amazing feats we can accomplish when we have the right information If you are interested in learning how we can work together and do our small parts to improve our circumstances both for ourselves individually and for our communities this book is a great place to start If you are interested in understanding about human behavior this is for you If you have any doubts about whether this book applies to you let me tell you that it does I couldn t help but think of all aspects of my life all of the occupations in the world and all of the regulatory groups that could be improved with the application of the principles conveyed in this book Do yourself a favor and learn from those who have devoted their lives to understanding and disseminating how we can do for ourselves by understanding how we ve developed

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It is widely understood that Charles Darwins theory of evolution completely revolutionized the study of biology Yet according to David Sloan Wilson the Darwinian revolution wont be truly complete until it is applied broadlyto everything associated with the words human culture and policyIn a series o. This View of Life has a central idea that is both important and valid However the author s choice of writing for a popular audience made much of the science oversimplified and somewhat misleading A good book but parts will be grating to scientists and the scientifically literate alikeEssentially Wilson argues that evolutionary thinking has been unfairly marred by the Social Darwinist label and needs to be made a basis for public policy He begins by correctly separating Darwinian evolution from eugenic or anti welfare policies Here he paints an overly rosy picture of Darwin whose racist sayings shocked this reader when I read his original texts and Galton whose eugenic ideas were truly terrifying despite his genuine contributions to statistics It s not that Wilson lies but this reader got the feeling that he was cheerleading for Darwin than painting a full picture of early twentieth century misrepresentations of his theorySimilarly the major contribution from the evolutionary worldview that Wilson emphasizes is that human beings are not rational seekers of self interest but naturally social animals who flourish most within small communities of support This is a genuine insight and it should inform public policy but the treatment given to classical economic theory and those who do not believe in group level selection is little than that of straw man argumentsIf you want to read a book about Wilson s obviously important contributions to public policy that is written for everyone this is a good choice If you are a scientist or at least scientifically literate prepare for some irritationIn short maybe my expectations for this book were just wrong If I had known that it would be a very simple introduction to the contemporary power of evolutionary thinking I would have loved it Believing it was going to be a serious scientific work left me with unmet anticipationsHopefully this review can help potential readers enjoy the book for what it is a well written account of how the evolutionary worldview can positively influence contemporary public policy

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Ing an impact on our world and ourselves What emerges is an incredibly empowering argument If we can become wise managers of evolutionary processes we can solve the problems of our age at all scalesfrom the efficacy of our groups to our well being as individuals to our stewardship of the planet Eart. Makes it very easy for those who don t know much about evolution to understand how we can used knowledge of our evolved nature to improve our ability to cooperate in groups Groups as small as local community groups all the way up to how nations can cooperate to create a better world

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7 thoughts on “This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution

  1. says:

    This View of Life has a central idea that is both important and valid. However, the author’s choice of writing for a popular audience made much of the science oversimplified and somewhat misleading. A good book, but parts will be grating to scientists and the scientifically literate alike.

    Essentially, Wilson argues that

  2. says:

    DS Wilson is a pioneer, so I wanted to like this book. But I didn't. It contains a few good examples of how neglecting evolu

  3. says:

    I received an advanced copy of this book (in absolutely no way tied to this review) and I loved it so much that I bought several to give to family, friends, and colleagues! I can't wait to find ways to apply this

  4. says:

    I loved this book. A very worthwhile read from which I took both a better understanding of multilevel selection and its relevance to the wider,

  5. says:

    Makes it very easy for those who don't know much about evolution to understand how we can used knowledge of our evolved nature to improve our ability to cooperate in groups. Groups as small as local community grou

  6. says:

    Book arrived on time and at good price

  7. says:

    I deeply recommend Wilson, he has opened my eyes with regards to the structure of the social world. However, he overstreches the idea in this book in my view. Some facts are being violated to fit his message. For example, the passage on Trump Sorry but this was the point where I thought, no way.

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