Saturday, 28 April 2007

Evolution for Everyone, by David Sloan Wilson

  • 07 April 2007
  • From New Scientist Print Edition. Subscribe and get 4 free issues.
  • Rowan Hooper

DO WE need another popular book on evolution? That 54 per cent of adults in the US believe we did not evolve from earlier species is reason enough, but David Sloan Wilson's book also has much to teach those of us who are already convinced. His aim is to show that evolution can transform our basic understanding of everyday life. We have no problem believing in the physical sciences, he says, because we are so used to them in our lives - when we drive cars or build bridges, for example. Evolution is different, yet without it we can't understand medicine, politics, economics, art and, yes, religion. With a clear passion for the subject, Wilson shows that understanding evolution is easy, even intuitive - it really is for everyone. If only everyone would read his book.

From issue 2598 of New Scientist magazine, 07 April 2007, page 52

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