In tonight’s episode of the Perpetual Notion Machine, we learn about the nature of Darwin’s theory of evolution, you know, the biological processes of natural selection to improve a species survival. But our guest, David Sloan Wilson, expands that theory more broadly to everything associated with the words “human,” “culture,” and “policy,” to what he calls an evolutionary worldview. David is an evolutionary biologist and SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University. In his conversation with PNM’s Dennis Shaffer, David describes in his recent book This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution a practical tool kit for understanding not only genetic evolution but also the fast-paced changes that are having an impact on our world and ourselves. Through his suggestions, we can all become wise managers of evolutionary processes, and thus help us navigate through all scales of life – as an individual to the groups we belong (like our family, schools, work, churches, etc.) to addressing global issues.
David is also the president of the Evolution Institute. Check out their website.
Also, the Skeptic Magazine website has a podcast feature called Science Salon. Here is a link to a nice audio and video interview with David about his book with Dr. Michael Shermer.