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David Sloan Wilson

Syria: The Error of Religious Pacifism and the Science of Peace

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

As someone who works with refugees, I hate war. As someone who lives in America's happiest city, I treasure peace. Yet, for all that, I am distressed to see the groundswell of opposition to punishing the Syrian regime.

The Nature of Regulation II: Regulate or Die

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
David Sloan Wilson

The regulatory processes required for a human society to work are no different than those required for a single organism to work. In fact, there is no difference at all between a well-functioning society and a single organism.

Farewell, Lin Ostrom

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 08.13.2012 | Science
David Sloan Wilson

The world lost a great human being in the passing of Elinor Ostrom. I was privileged to work with her during the last few years to integrate the body of her work, which originated within the field of political science, with evolutionary theory.

Richard Dawkins, Edward O. Wilson, and the Consensus of the Many

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 08.11.2012 | Science
David Sloan Wilson

Curiously, while the many have spoken against Wilson's outdated views about kin selection, they remain largely silent on Dawkins' outdated views about group selection. I will therefore list points made by Dawkins in his review that have been rejected by the many long ago.

Selfless Genes: A New Revolution in Biology

Jonathan Gottschall | Posted 06.02.2012 | Science
Jonathan Gottschall

Darwin and E.O. Wilson agree: no matter the species, if you have intense and sustained group-level conflict, selfless genes beat selfish genes; they beat them bloody; they beat them every single time.

Evolutionary Psychology Under Attack?

Carter Phipps | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carter Phipps

Some feel that allowing an evolutionary basis for bad behavior is akin to making a Stone Age excuse for current moral failures.