This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution

Pantheon. Feb. 2019. 304p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781101870204. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101870211. SCI
According to evolutionary biologist Wilson (biology & anthropology, SUNY Binghamton; Does Altruism Exist??), "biology" should be redefined to include both behavior and culture (learned information) as these, too, are products of evolution. Wilson calls this all-encompassing outlook on life an "evolutionary worldview," and his goals are to demonstrate how such a perspective can be used as a powerful framework for improving the human condition and why biology should be the foundation of public policy. His approach involves first asking a series of questions (borrowed from the field of animal behavior) to get at the facts of a given issue. The second part involves following eight principles (borrowed from economics) designed to maximize the efficacy of self-directed groups (any collection of people organized to get something done). Wilson includes real-world stories about organizations that have put this philosophy into practice and invites readers to roll up their sleeves and give the evolutionary worldview a try within their own groups.
VERDICT Readers from all backgrounds will find the concepts underlying this philosophy clearly explained and may even discover that an evolutionary worldview has relevance to their own lives. Recommended for those who enjoyed the author's Evolution for Everyone.

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