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

December 26, 2007|
Evolution For Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change The Way We Think About Our Lives by David Sloan Wilson
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With stories that entertain as much as they inform, renowned evolutionist David Sloan Wilson outlines the basic principles of evolution and shows how, when properly understood, they can illuminate the length and breadth of creation, from the origin of life to the nature of religion. 

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 Wilson in this witty and groundbreaking new book. 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.
David Sloan Wilson is distinguished professor of biology and anthropology at Binghamton University. He is the author of Darwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society, coauthor of Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior, and coeditor of The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narr...
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Title:Evolution For Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change The Way We Think About Our Lives
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:400 pages, 8.29 X 5.57 X 0.82 in
Shipping dimensions:400 pages, 8.29 X 5.57 X 0.82 in
Published:December 26, 2007
Publisher:Random House Publishing Group
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780385340922

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