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on December 4, 2017
Easy to read critique of individual selection (selfish gene) approach to social evolution; introduction to group selection theory and its application to religion . Springboard to other books, eg Elaine Pagels & Antonio Damasio
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on April 19, 2017
Heard about this book from the mixed mental arts community. Excellent book, introduced a lot of fascinating examples of multi-level selection drawn from a well articulated interdisciplinary lens. Highly recommend.
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on January 6, 2017
Great book and delivery.
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on June 8, 2016
Excellent
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on May 21, 2016
Excellent book about evolutionary biology and how and why religions (shared cultural belief systems) evolved.
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on August 25, 2015
In a book about religion the author starts with a pet project about group selection. Most experts would agree that group selection is possible, but rare or non-existent in practice. So the author gives us a fictitious example of group selection. So what? Show us real-life examples instead. The book does not improve. We get a lot of interesting ideas about religion, for instance that it can be seen as a trade with a supernatural being for some goods (e.g good harvest, eternal life). The author is a professor, but I get the strong feeling of a happy amateur: "Here are some things I've read about topics that could be related to religion. Let me tell you about it". Nothing wrong synthesising other people's work, but it has to be done in an interesting manner. Here is a man with a hammer, that just keeps hammering. And if you keep hammering all elegance is lost.
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on July 8, 2015
Why does he never mention the term 'superorganism'? He seems to be describing exactly that.
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on June 22, 2015
Quality book in fine condition delivered in a timely way. Thanks.
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on June 6, 2015
Why do people always point out hypocrites who preach forgiveness yet are judgmental about others? Why do religions believe in peace, yet go off on crusades and war? In Darwin's Cathedral, the author David Sloan Wilson explains exactly why this is. There is a different morality for within the group, as opposed to a different set of rules for dealing with outsiders. All religions are like that. The author explains the world and how it works, why science and only the facts, isn't enough to sustain a culture. How our world is full of symbolism. This book is all science and facts. You don't need faith to understand how everything works. But there is a twist at the end. I love it!
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on February 21, 2015
Excellent!
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