Night School survey: Has everyone already read E.O. Wilson? (I haven’t!) If I’m at our next meeting I might want to talk about him, but not if y’all are already over it.
Actually, this is a silly post. Even if we were all Wilson experts, the man has enough ideas that I’m sure I can find a new way to talk about something. Survey retracted. Consider it a teaser instead.
Anyway, part of what he talks about is group selection at the individual’s expense being how traits like generosity develop. But his more controversial ideas concern human behavior; he argues that things like ethics would be better studies by evolutionary biologists, which some people (as one review specified, the FEMINISTS!) seem to take issue with. I don’t imagine any of us has a problem with his premise, but I think it could make for a fruitful discussion. Have I shown too much of my hand?