Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives
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 renowned evolutionist David Sloan Wilson in this witty and groundbreaking new book. With stories that entertain as much as they inform, Wilson outlines the basic principles of evol ...more
It was surprising to find ...more
What media type? Read on my Kindle, but to my chagrin, noted that it is also available on the shelf of the local library down the street!
What is the book about? Evolution, not so much in hard core science sense, although there are some chapters devoted to such experiments, but jargon is toned down for a universal audience, and appeal is made that evolution should be broadly applied, and not just confined to ...more
Wilson claims that because a relation can be seen between economic inequality and crime all you have to do is eliminate economic differences and you will not see substantial differences in crime between groups or popu ...more
Dr. Wilson has written an extremely compelling book about evolution. There are two aspects I find especially endearing:
1) Wilson does not use the standard, now-hackneyed strategy of writing a book on evolution that simply breaks up chapters into such topics as "why do we laugh?", "why do we blush?" "how is a bee colony an organism in its own right?" Instead, he begins with an overview of how evolutionary t ...more
The author points out the various ways evolution has shaped how we have learned to think. While the author is in love with Darwinism he doesn't let fanaticism get in the way of a good presentation.
I especially liked (and he proved to me) that people of the Middle Ages thought in a radically differen ...more
This book has one considerable flaw, in my opinion. The author goes through considerable trouble and rather tedious gymnastic-style contortions to give religion a seal of approval. "Nevermind facts," he seems to say, "religion has been evolution ...more
In stark contrast to the fiery (and highly entertaining) expositions of Dawkins, Wilson approaches religion and a whole slew of related ...more
Cons: As you already kn ...more
Evolution for Everyone is David Sloan Wilson's fifth book on the subject (including Darwin's Cathedral and The Literary Animal) and the most reader-friendly. Critics favorably compare the effort to Steven J. Levitt's and Stephen J. Dubner's runaway best seller Freakonomics. They claim that Wilson, professor of biology and anthropology at Britain's Binghamton University, does for evolution what those two authors did for economics__that is, draw interesting and unexpected connections between musty...more
The first half of the book was very hard to get through and even want to finish. I've read Diamond, Boyer, and other scientists' books but this was harder due to his style. But by the last part it was much better. Chapter 27 was the most int ...more
These days D. S. Wilson spends too much time chasing the dubious rabbit-trails of group selection and lamenting the failure of biologists to study Evolutionary Religions Studies (ERS).
I did find his tone to be rather self-congratulatory, self-serving and even a tad self-righteous. He also does a good bit of ...more
The parts that I was able to wrap my head around were interesting, and I certainly found it worth powering through, as I often do with science books that are just slightly above my level.
This is another time where I wish half stars were available. I would certainly give this 3.5 stars, but probably due to my own limitations, I don't think I can give it 4 stars.