David Sloan Wilson
Using Evolution to Improve the Quality of Everyday Life
September 24th, 2012
Academic Building A G008, 5:00 PM
Evolution is not only a theory that explains the diversity of life–it can also be used to improve the quality of everyday life. I will explain how Darwin’s theory provides a powerful public policy toolkit and provide examples ranging from empowering neighborhoods, to teaching at-risk students, to rethinking economics.
David Sloan Wilson uses evolutionary theory to explain all aspects of humanity in addition to the rest of life, as he recounts for a general audience in Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin´s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives(Bantam 2007). He is a distinguished professor of biology and anthropology at Binghamton University, part of the State University of New York. He publishes in anthropology, psychology, and philosophy journals in addition to his mainstream biological research. His academic books include
Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior (with Elliott Sober, Harvard 1998), Darwin´s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society(Chicago, 2002), and The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative (co-edited with Jonathan Gottschall, Northwestern 2005). Wilson also directs EvoS, a campus-wide program that uses evolutionary theory as a common language for the unification of knowledge.