Evolution for Everyone

Richard Dawkins’ recent review of E.O. Wilson’s new book The Social Conquest of Earth affords an opportunity to show that BOTH fail to recognize that the days of pitting group selection theory against kin selection theory are over. I have written an article to this effect titled “Richard Dawkins, Edward O. Wilson, and the Consensus…

I have been neglecting my personal blog lately because I have been working to create EVOLUTION: THIS VIEW OF LIFE, a new online magazine that reports “anything and everything from an evolutionary perspective”. Whether I maintain a personal blog remains to be seen, but for the moment I’d like to call the attention of my…

Evolution, the theory that has already proven itself for understanding the rest of life, is equally relevant for understanding the human condition. With understanding comes the capacity for improvement. Thus, evolutionary theory can be used to improve the quality of human life in a practical sense. I have dedicated the last five years of my…

EVOLUTION:THIS VIEW OF LIFE is a new online general interest magazine in which all of the content is from an evolutionary perspective. It includes content aggregated from the internet and new content generated by a team of editors, all professional evolutionists, representing eleven subject areas. The editors work for free, in the same spirit as…

In 1975–before most current graduate students were born–Edward O. Wilson published his landmark book titled Sociobiology. Its central thesis was that there could be a single science of social behavior, based upon evolutionary theory, that covered all species, from microbes to humans. With one major exception, Sociobiology was regarded as a triumph. The main bone…

In my previous post, I took an esteemed colleague to task for his statements about group selection. In this post I will do the same for his statements on a different subject–cultural evolution. Before continuing, I want to explain why I am zeroing in on Jerry Coyne. It is not because I have been driven…

Scientists who write for the general public must be constantly on their guard. It’s so easy to depart from scientific mode and become just another talking head, opining on topics that one knows nothing about. So it is with Jerry Coyne on the topic of group selection. Jerry is a highly respected evolutionist who writes…

The Neighborhood Project is written for the full spectrum of readers, from inquisitive high school students to my professorial colleagues. I look forward to reading the reviews by the experts, which I expect to reveal the diversity of opinion that I already know exists among the cognoscenti. So far, there have been three reviews by…

My new book, The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time, was published by Little, Brown last Wednesday and featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition today. My main objective in writing the book is to show how evolutionary science can be used to improve our lives in a…

The Meaning of My Mugs

My wife Anne and I have accumulated an assortment of mugs that occupy a shelf of our kitchen cabinet. All of them perform the same function of holding hot liquid, but we seem to have developed a complex system for using them. Rather than grabbing any two for our morning coffee, I feel impelled to…