Saturday, May 05, 2007

Wilson talks about Evolution for Everyone

I just came across a video of a presentation entitled "Evolution and Religion: Two sideshows and the main event" by David Sloan Wilson. It was part of Hampshire college's Science and Religion series. In it Wilson rejects Dawkins's "demonic meme" hypothesis and explains his view of religion as a group survival adaptation.

The talk provides very nice (and fast paced) discussions of individual vs. group selection and within-group vs. between-group selection. The talk was given this past March, a month or so before Evolution for Everyone was published. It's a very nice summary of the book and does not limit itself to "Science and Religion" topics. (Click here for all my posts about Evolution for Everyone, which I liked a lot.)

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