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Britain grinding to a halt

Keith Hudson

“Housing market grinds to a halt” says my morning newpaper’s headlines.  That’s because Britain as a whole is grinding to a halt.  The government keeps on trying to convince us (and largely succeeding . 426 more words

For 4/29: Group Selection

Once again, we’re going beyond what’s in our textbooks to look at some related topics that connect with more recent developments in Biology. The Science Friday… 86 more words

Class Prep

Wildness as Praxis: Evolving the Urban Corridor

In the November of 1859, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published, thus changing the way natural scientists viewed the world forever. In this text, Darwin describes the idea of descent with modification and brilliantly illustrates the concept of natural selection: The gradual process by which heritable traits express themselves, if at all, in a population based on reproductive success and environmental pressures. 2,723 more words

Men Are from Mars

A comment to the guest blog by Scott Atran cast doubt on whether he, “a Euro-American white male,” is even capable of transcending his ethnocentrism. I immediately stepped in and cut this discussion short, because I know too well how destructive such arguments can be. 713 more words


From 12/1: Group Selection

During class on 12/1, we discussed Group Selection. If you’d like to review that, here are a couple resources:

The Social Conquest of Earth, 6-8, 27


The beauty of self interest

In my review of E.O. Wilson’s The Social Conquest of Earth, I quoted this passage which captures Wilson’s conception of the origin of cooperation in humans. 222 more words