David Sloan Wilson (Introduction)

by George Jelliss ⌂ @, Crewe, Sunday, November 29, 2020, 09:29 (240 days ago)

Has there been any discussion here about the ideas of David Sloan Wilson
who writes on group selection in evolution and evolutionary psychology and economics?
I did a search and came up with nothing.

He has now gone into writing fiction, with a book called "Atlas Hugged".
This is obviously a reference to Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged".
There is an interview here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FatGHcnrDGU

DSW is not to be confused with DHW!

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GPJ

David Sloan Wilson

by David Turell @, Sunday, November 29, 2020, 15:05 (240 days ago) @ George Jelliss

George: Has there been any discussion here about the ideas of David Sloan Wilson
who writes on group selection in evolution and evolutionary psychology and economics?
I did a search and came up with nothing.

He has now gone into writing fiction, with a book called "Atlas Hugged".
This is obviously a reference to Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged".
There is an interview here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FatGHcnrDGU

DSW is not to be confused with DHW!

He is well discussed and described on Wikipedia, But I have not read his ideas. Sorry.

David Sloan Wilson

by dhw, Monday, November 30, 2020, 13:29 (239 days ago) @ David Turell

George: Has there been any discussion here about the ideas of David Sloan Wilson
who writes on group selection in evolution and evolutionary psychology and economics?
I did a search and came up with nothing.

He has now gone into writing fiction, with a book called "Atlas Hugged".
This is obviously a reference to Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged".
There is an interview here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FatGHcnrDGU

DSW is not to be confused with DHW!

DAVID: He is well discussed and described on Wikipedia, But I have not read his ideas. Sorry.

I would have to sign in to get the interview, and it’s over an hour long anyway. The Wikipedia article gives loads of cross-references, as David Sloan Wilson (what an illustrious name!) obviously applies evolutionary theory to a wide range of subjects. I have difficulty finding time to keep up with all David’s posts as it is! It would be extremely helpful, George, if you could do as David does, and summarize or edit any particular article you’re interested in. It would be really valuable to the balance of this website to have your views on any of the subjects we discuss.

David Sloan Wilson

by George Jelliss ⌂ @, Crewe, Tuesday, December 08, 2020, 09:24 (231 days ago) @ dhw

Sorry for delay in responding on this, I've been busy on other things, and in any case don't have anything much to add. I thought you evolutionists would know more about the ideas of group selection that DSW espouses. He tends to get negative comments from Prof Dawkins, who believes in evolution on the micro scale. The Selfish Gene etc.

I have noticed that DSW has now got into an unseemly row on twitter with another evolution professor with the name Gad Saad. However this seems to be more about politics than evolution. Gad Saad has a book out with the title "The Parasitic Mind", which sounds intriguing. There are so many books I should be reading to keep up to date.

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GPJ

David Sloan Wilson

by David Turell @, Tuesday, December 08, 2020, 21:45 (231 days ago) @ George Jelliss

George: Sorry for delay in responding on this, I've been busy on other things, and in any case don't have anything much to add. I thought you evolutionists would know more about the ideas of group selection that DSW espouses. He tends to get negative comments from Prof Dawkins, who believes in evolution on the micro scale. The Selfish Gene etc.

I have noticed that DSW has now got into an unseemly row on twitter with another evolution professor with the name Gad Saad. However this seems to be more about politics than evolution. Gad Saad has a book out with the title "The Parasitic Mind", which sounds intriguing. There are so many books I should be reading to keep up to date.

George, happy you are with us, but I don't know enough about him to help.

David Sloan Wilson

by dhw, Wednesday, December 09, 2020, 13:26 (230 days ago) @ David Turell

GEORGE: Sorry for delay in responding on this, I've been busy on other things, and in any case don't have anything much to add. I thought you evolutionists would know more about the ideas of group selection that DSW espouses. He tends to get negative comments from Prof Dawkins, who believes in evolution on the micro scale. The Selfish Gene etc.
I have noticed that DSW has now got into an unseemly row on twitter with another evolution professor with the name Gad Saad. However this seems to be more about politics than evolution. Gad Saad has a book out with the title "The Parasitic Mind", which sounds intriguing. There are so many books I should be reading to keep up to date.

DAVID: George, happy you are with us, but I don't know enough about him to help.

I have to echo this, George. I really appreciate hearing from you, but yes, so many books....! If you could paraphrase Prof. Wilson's ideas, it would help, but I just don’t have time to research from scratch. My current working day is from 6am till midnight!

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