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This View of Life Magazine & Podcast

This View of Life covers anything and everything from an evolutionary perspective. Founded in 2014 by David Sloan Wilson and Robert Kadar, it is the only online magazine representing the evolutionary worldview by scientists for scientists and the scientifically curious general readership. TVOL is written primarily by evolutionary biologists and scholars that expand upon, as well as critique, evolutionary thought and its implications for contemporary life.

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Remembering Richard Lewontin: A Tribute From a Student Who Never Got to Meet Him

By Madhusudan Katti

We have lost one of the twentieth century’s deepest thinkers in biology, a less flashy personality than better-known names (like E.O. Wilson, Richard Dawkins, and Stephen Jay Gould), but whose work and writings are more deeply significant …

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Agile as a Case Study of Cultural Multilevel Selection: A Conversation with Laurent Alt

By Laurent AltDavid Sloan Wilson

Multilevel Selection (MLS) is a theoretical framework that originated for the study of genetic evolution but is just as useful for the study of cultural evolution. MLS theory begins with the fact that evolution takes place in a nested hierarchy of units …

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Why Is A Polo Shirt Like A Peacock’s Tail?

By Daniel J. Kruger

There is considerable evidence for the relationship between men’s socioeconomic status and their abilities to acquire mates and produce offspring. Several large cross-cultural studies demonstrate that women evaluate prospective partners’ socioeconomic status more so than men …

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“Evolution is among the most powerful and unifying ideas in all of human inquiry, but its usefulness has been hidden under layers of moralistic fear painted on by the left and the right. The Evolution Institute is trying to strip away those fears by showing that evolutionary processes are happening all around us, and that evolutionary thinking can guide us to deeper insights and more humane policies and institutions.”
Jonathan Haidt
NYU-Stern School of Business, author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, and EI Scientific Advisory Board Member
“Darwin developed his concept of evolution for the purpose of understanding the forms of animals and plants. But it has subsequently become clear that the concept of evolution is also illuminating for understanding human societies and human behavior. The Evolution Institute is taking the initiative to unify, implement, and communicate these more recent efforts. This important initiative deserves support.”
Jared Diamond
Geographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel, Collapse, and The World Until Yesterday