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30 of The Best Podcast Episodes for David Sloan Wilson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about David Sloan Wilson, often where they are interviewed.

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#64 — Prof David Sloan Wilson on Evolutionary Biology & Psychology

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In this episode of Better Thinking, Nesh Nikolic speaks with Prof David Sloan Wilson about how human attempts to solve problems from an evolution perspective can have unintended consequences.

David Sloan Wilson is an evolutionary biologist with a wide range of interests, including natural selection as a hierarchical process, the nature of intraspecific variation, the evolution of ecological communities and human evolutionary biology.

He is also SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University. He applies evolutionary theory to all aspects of humanity in addition to the rest of life, both in his own research and as director of EvoS, a unique campus-wide evolutionary studies program that recently received NSF funding to expand into a nationwide consortium. 

Episode links at https://neshnikolic.com/podcast/david-sloan-wilson

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Aug 20 2020 · 1hr 33mins
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David Sloan Wilson on the evolutionary psychology of the far left, and group selection

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This conversation was for an imminent documentary I'm producing called Better Left Unsaid http://betterleftunsaidfilm.com on the topic of "when does the left go too far?" Visit that site if you'd like to contribute to getting the film distributed (in 2020) and seeing more conversations like this.

Jul 28 2020 · 2hr 23mins
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The Core Principles of Cooperation with Dr. David Sloan Wilson

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Today, host Richard Sergay is in conversation with David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences at Binghamton University and president of the Evolution Institute. Prof. Wilson describes the core principles of human groups that allow successful cooperation, and discusses how we can implement these principles to alleviate the negative effects of the current pandemic and stop its spread.

The fifth and final episode in a special, five-part Covid-19 conversation series.

Learn more about David Sloan Wilson and the Evolution Institute.

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Jul 28 2020 · 29mins
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My Chat with Evolutionary Biologist Dr. David Sloan Wilson (The Saad Truth with Dr. Saad_28)

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Topics covered include social constructivism, the empty slate premise, cultural evolution, multilevel selection/group selection, evolutionary psychology, religion, and atheism.

This chat was originally posted on November 12, 2019 on my YouTube channel as THE SAAD TRUTH_978: https://youtu.be/zXcU6qPcVvE

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Jul 02 2020 · 1hr 9mins
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Evolution & Groups with David Sloan Wilson

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I talk with evolutionary biologist, David Sloan Wilson, about his book “This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution”. We discuss multilevel selection theory, core principles for healthy groups, cooperation vs selfishness, Agile, self-organization, leadership, personality theory and more!

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This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution

The Evolution Institute

Prosocial

May 12 2020 ·
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Ep 2: David Sloan Wilson

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David Sloan Wilson is an American evolutionary biologist and a Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences and Anthropology at Binghamton University.

Apr 22 2020 · 1hr 48mins
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#85: The Evolution Of A Renegade — David Sloan Wilson

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David Sloan Wilson is an evolutionary biologist.
This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Freelancer.com and by Blinkist. You can find the Blinkist deal exclusive to listeners of this podcast at www.blinkist.com/swagman.
Show notesSelected linksTopics discussed
  • Does Dave actually enjoy his father's books? 15:21
  • How did Dave's father's fame affect Dave as a child? 17:50
  • Dave's relationship with his mother. 21:17
  • Is Dave an atheist? 23:10
  • The benefits of boarding school. 23:53
  • Where did Dave first encounter the theory of evolution by natural selection? 29:16
  • The three ingredients for natural selection. 32:32
  • Are natural selection and evolution synonymous? 33:33
  • Life-changing books Dave read while at college. 38:30
  • What Dave learned from studying zooplankton. 39:36
  • A crash course in group selection. 42:46
  • Why did group selection fall out of favour? 1:03:16
  • Dave's crusade to revive group selection. 1:19:23
  • What is altruism? 1:27:14
  • How does selfish gene theory explain altruism? 1:34:05
  • How does Dave define groups? 1:50:57
  • The averaging fallacy. 1:55:10
  • Are groups "replicators" or "vehicles"? 1:57:50
  • Is "shared intentionality" evidence for group selection? 2:03:24
  • What accounts for Richard Dawkins' outsized influence? 2:09:18
  • What is religion? 2:13:48
  • Why do religions exist? 2:14:57
  • Richard Dawkins' and Bret Weinstein's different takes on the evolution of religion. 2:19:48
  • How did the Jewish community survive persecution by developing a belief in the afterlife? 2:37:38
  • Dave's shift to reforming communities in the real world. 2:42:20
  • Elinor Ostrom's core design principles, and how public policy can benefit from evolutionary thinking. 2:52:57
  • Social Baseline Theory. 2:56:40
Feb 17 2020 · 3hr 3mins
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EVOLving A More "Conscious" Capitalism with David Sloan Wilson

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[1:30] Does altruism exist? How does it evolve?

[4:00] What is multi-level selection?
"Selfishness beat altruism within groups, but altruistic groups beat selfish groups."

[6:30] How our ability to cooperate sets us apart from our closest evolutionary relatives

The core design principles as adapted from David's work with Elinor Ostrom, 2009 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics: https://www.prosocial.world/post/the-origins-of-prosocial

[13:30] Why being well adapted to your current circumstances is different than being adaptable to changing circumstances - The Toyota Innovation principles

[20:00] Nobel Prize for Enlightened Business
https://evonomics.com/humanizing-corporations-a-nobel-prize-for-enlightened-business-leaders/

[23:00] Re-thinking the "invisible hand" and bringing an evolutionary lens to our economic system
"There is a vitality for capitalism that we want to celebrate, but if it's not harnessed then it becomes destructive."

"Becoming wise managers of evolutionary processes."

[29:00] How to adapt the core design principles to coach groups to make them more cooperative and adaptable

Learn more about how David is applying evolutionary principles to creating more Prosocial groups and companies in his book PROSOCIAL: Using Evolutionary Science to Build Productive, Equitable and Collaborative Groups: https://www.amazon.com/Prosocial-Evolutionary-Productive-Equitable-Collaborative/dp/1684030242

...or on the Prosocial website: https://www.prosocial.world/

Learn more about The Evolution Institute: https://evolution-institute.org/

Learn about David's vision for "Completing the Darwinian Revolution" in his latest book: https://www.amazon.com/This-View-Life-Completing-Revolution/dp/1101870206

Feb 13 2020 · 31mins
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SoS 55- Viewing Life with David Sloan Wilson

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This week on the Sausage of Science, Chris and Cara chat with Dr. David Sloan Wilson, Distinguished Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Anthropology at SUNY Binghamton. Dr. Wilson is a prolific scholar and has written widely on topics including natural selection, the evolution of ecological communities, and human evolutionary biology. In this episode, he chats with Chris and Cara about his theoretical work, evolutionary studies outreach, and his approach to writing and research. To learn more about Dr. Wilson, check out his departmental website: https://www.binghamton.edu/biology/people/profile.html?id=dwilson, his profile for The Evolution Institue https://evolution-institute.org/profile/david-sloan-wilson/, and follow him on twitter @David_S_Wilson.

The Sausage of Science is produced by Cara Ocobock and Chris Lynn, with assistance from Junior Service Fellow Caroline Owens for the Public Relations Committee of the Human Biology Association. The song in the soundbed is “Always Lyin’” by the Morning Shakes.

Contact the Sausage of Science and Human Biology Association:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/humanbiologyassociation
Website:humbio.org/,
Twitter: @HumBioAssoc

Michaela Howells, Public Relations Committee Chair, Email: howellsm@uncw.edu

Cara Ocobock, Website: sites.nd.edu/cara-ocobock/, Email:cocobock@nd.edu, Twitter:@CaraOcobock

Chris Lynn, Website:cdlynn.people.ua.edu/, Email:cdlynn@ua.edu, Twitter:@Chris_Ly

Caroline Owens, Email: cowens8@emory.edu, Twitter: @careowens
Dec 09 2019 · 31mins
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#123 David Sloan Wilson: Evolution, Contextual Behavioral Science, Religion, and Group Selection

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Dr. David Sloan Wilson is SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University. He applies evolutionary theory to all aspects of humanity in addition to the rest of life, both in his own research and as director of the Evolution Institute, a unique campus-wide evolutionary studies program that recently received NSF funding to expand into a nationwide consortium. His books include Darwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society; Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives; The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time and Does Altruism Exist? Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others; and a recently edited book, Evolution and Contextual Behavioral Science.

In this episode, our conversation we focused initially on Evolutionary and Contextual Behavioral Science, the recently published book edited by Dr. David Sloan Wilson and Dr. Steven C. Hayes. We discuss what evolutionary theory brings to the table, and its shortcomings in dealing with behavior (human and non-human), and the contributions of Skinner, behaviorism and contextual science that have been mostly ignored by mainstream Psychology. We then talk about the extended evolutionary synthesis, and how Lamarckism might still have a saying in how evolution by natural selection works. Finally, we briefly talk about religion as a human construct, and what the New Atheist get wrong about it; and about group selection included in a multilevel selection process.

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01:05 Evolutionary and Contextual Behavioral Science

06:26 The work of B. F. Skinner            

12:32 What contextual behavioral science adds to the cognitive picture of the human mind        

20:51 Modularity of the human mind, innate and environmental mechanisms    

31:24 Environment, development, and phenotypic plasticity  

36:58 The extended evolutionary synthesis   

43:36 Lamarckism, Darwinism, and the new synthesis    

49:27 Religion as a human construct 

1:01:01 About group selection

1:03:50 Follow Dr. Sloan Wilson’s work!

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Follow Dr. Sloan Wilson’s work:

Faculty page: https://tinyurl.com/yadbq9sw

The Evolution Institute: https://tinyurl.com/ycyo8d7w

The View of Life Magazine: https://tinyurl.com/ybnrencj

Evonomics: https://tinyurl.com/yaoayddq

Twitter handle: @David_S_Wilson

Evolution and Contextual Behavioral Science: https://tinyurl.com/y9pypu7w

Darwin’s Cathedral: https://tinyurl.com/y8rhbbw5

Upcoming book, This View of Life: https://tinyurl.com/y9lh54ct

Other relevant links:

Tinbergen’s 4 Questions: https://tinyurl.com/y9ge5984

Skinner’s Selection by Consequences: https://tinyurl.com/ybzetc3a

The Adapted Mind: https://tinyurl.com/yay653pf

Adaptive genetic variation and human evolutionary psychology:

Jul 25 2019 · 1hr 6mins
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