How Evolutionary Theory Guides Policy

Monique Borgerhoff Mulder: In This View of Life, evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson seeks to update a 20th-century classic for readers seeking solutions to 21st-century challenges. The visionary palaeontologist-theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s The Phenomenon of Man (1955) envisioned human societies as ‘superorganisms’ with a collective identity verging on unified consciousness. Wilson aims to replace the spiritual core of this view with evolutionary theory — specifically, multilevel selection, the idea that natural selection can work on group-level as well as individual-level traits.

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