RuCCS Colloquia

David Sloan Wilson (Binghamtom University, Department of Biology and Anthropology)
Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and The Nature of Society
Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and The Nature of Society

David Sloan Wilson
Binghamtom University, Department of Biology and Anthropology


Society has been metaphorically compared to a single organism throughout history, but can this comparison be taken seriously as a scientific hypothesis? Recent developments in evolutionary biology suggest that it can. Professor Wilson will review the history of thinking on groups in both biology and the social sciences and why the organismic concept of groups has received new life, despite widespread rejection during the second half of the 20th century. The general concepts are relevant to all groups in humans and other species, but the focus will be on religion, whose members frequently describe their communities as single organisms.

The RuCCS Colloquia Series is organized by Dr. Manish Singh. The talks are held on Tuesdays in the Psychology Building, Room 101 on the Busch Campus from 1:00-2:30pm.

After each talk from 2:30-3:00pm a coffee service is provided in the Center for Cognitive Science Room A139. All are invited to come and meet the speaker.

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