Feb 21, 2018
Welcome to Episode 10, where I talk to DAVID SLOAN WILSON
Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton
University, about, well, a lot of stuff, from Skinnerian behaviorism
to multilevel selection theory
the behaviors that impede and facilitate scientific progress and
even to what Wilson calls “the science to narrative chain,” which
is the process by which scientists might most effectively engage
with the general public.
Wilson is the author of numerous
classic papers in the field of evolutionary biology and several
books, including Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution,
Religion, and the Nature of Society
, Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's
Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our
, The Neighborhood Project: Using
Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a
, Does Altruism Exist?: Culture,
Genes, and the Welfare of Others
, and others.
I was a little starstruck during our conversation, but David
was an amazing sport about it, generously engaging with each topic
and happily spending time with me. I’m extremely grateful for
this. My advice for listening is to keep a notepad handy.
David Sloan Wilson is almost perpetually quotable!
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AND... The music of CIRCLE OF WILLIS was composed and
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THE NEW DRAKES
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