Æ Read ✓ The Neighborhood Project by David Sloan Wilson ↠´ Subtitle Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a TimeThis book is based on a single premise, which is that a knowledge of evolution in particular, multi level evolution, the sort of thing which happens at the gene level, the organism level, and the species level simultaneously can be used to help with problems in human society In other words, that understanding evolution can help you understand your neighborhood It s an appealing premise.
Unfortunately, I can t say that this book really delivers It is apparent that Wilson knows a lot about evolution in what we conventionally call biology He introduces us to intricate details about the water strider, the wasp, and the human immune system both a product of evolution and an evolving system, itself.
He also introduces us to other fi Have you ever looked at a group, or a city as an organisms You may after reading this.
This eminently readable book is at once the story of a single initiative The Binghamton Neighborhood Project which is using evolutionary science to improve that city s quality of life More profoundly, it s a survey of the state of that science as it is being applied to social and economic problems throughout the country As such, it s also an excellent primer in applied evolutionary science This is an excellent resource for community organizers and anyone interested in making the place where they live intoof a community.
This was a recommended book from the bibliography and notes in the back of No Impact Man Although at times the writing got a bit bogged down, there were manyinteresting parts that held my attention I enjoyed the chapters on the water striders and wasps, and how his team designed the different data surveys for the Binghamton Project I also liked how he gave a mini bio on each person that plays a role in the Project My least favorite chapter was about the relating of evolution to religion it got confusing at times for me, and I wasn t inspired to go backthan once and figure my way through Which I was surprised by, seeing as how I ve taught religion and been closely related to religion and education for a number of years Overall, I liked the book, impressive enough to rack up a whole week s worth of overd I enjoyed this book It is entertaining especially for those with a background in science The author takes an interesting approach to conducting research for the book I recommend this book.
Understanding, in a time of confusion, improves the human condition I want to thank Dr Wilson for taking the time to reseach and pen this work We should indeed avoid our bad habit of regarding ourselves asintelligent, cultural, and moral in every way, so that we may recognize the most important and interesting differences among people arise when the mental modules that we share in common are triggered by different environmental stimuli.
Intriguing frame for conscious evolution Interesting to consider what circumstances catalyze people to make choices that benefit the whole, rather than just their own interests I liked reading about the work he has done with the school, and I particularly liked his two Ant Commandments 1 To defy the authority of empirical evidence is to disqualify oneself as someone worthy of critical engagement in a dialogue 2 If you re undermining the commons, then you re degrading your soul.
How we move ourselves toward operatingfor the common good seems worth study This book had some interesting insights and ideas, but it was just far too rambling and incoherent, and spent too much time talking about inconsequential parts of the author s career in ways that seemed like bragging.
I wasn t too impressed