A message from David Sloan Wilson

In my new book This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution, I make the distinction between evolutionary theory and an evolutionary worldview. A theory tells you what is, while a worldview tells you how to act. We need an evolutionary worldview to inform our actions at all scales, from our personal choices, to the small groups that we form to work together, to worldwide governance and stewardship of the earth.

If you are inspired by the message of my book and wish to put your interest into action, then consider joining the TVOL1000, a support group for the Evolution Institute’s online magazine This View of Life (TVOL) and a way to become personally engaged in projects that interest you most and make the best use of your talents.

TVOL, the magazine, is like a continuously evolving version of TVOL, the book. In fact, articles that I wrote while writing the book provide more depth, such as my interview with Richard Lenski on his E. coli experiment, the idea that modern evolutionists are like Darwin with superhuman powers of observation, and a whole special issue on Social Darwinism. All of this is free, without advertising, with new content appearing weekly.

The best financial model for supporting an endeavor such as this is a large number of small donors, which provides maximum editorial freedom and integrity. Hence, TVOL1000 members donate within their means. Our hope is for an average donation of $10/month and we prefer monthly to yearly donations, although we happily accept both in any amount.

For personal engagement, TVOL1000 members receive their own monthly newsletter and are welcome to email me at tvol1000 [at] evolution-institute.org. If I am unable to reply personally, then one of my very capable associates will help you develop your interests. If you have skills relevant to online publishing then you can join our editorial team, at first on a volunteer basis and possibly for wages as our support grows. If you are passionate about a given topic, such as business, the environment, health, or education, then you can join or help to form an action group similar to our Business Action Group. Finally, you can help the groups in your life acquire “what all groups need” with the help of the Evolution Institute’s Prosocial project.

In short, the TVOL1000 is itself an evolving entity, capable of moving in any direction motivated by the interest of its members! We chose the name TVOL1000 because one thousand people donating an average of $10/month would provide a fine base of support for the magazine and associated action projects. But what if our numbers grew to 10,000 or 100,000? Then we would be even more on our way toward “a massive reset in our understanding of humanity, which must take place at a timescale of years, not decades” as I put it on p 13 of my book.

  Please join us! Here are some profiles of people who already have.

Rory Sutherland

Advertising Executive

Bryan Callen & Hunter Maats

Actors

Barbara Oakley

Engineering Professor

Guru Madhavan

Engineer & Policy Advisor

Clay Ferris Naff

Writer & Nonprofit Leader

Joe Brewer

Culture Designer

Marcel Harmon

Applied Anthropologist

Christopher Lynn

Evolutionary Anthropologist

Kurt Johnson

Evolutionary Biologist & Interspiritual Leader

Steven C. Hayes

Professor of Psychology

Gabrielle Principe

Developmental Scientist

Peter Gray

Research Professor of Psychology

Michael Price

Evolutionist

Dustin Eirdosh

Curriculum Designer

Gary Shepherd

Inmate & Counter-Evolutionary

Barbara Ehrenreich

Writer & Author

Alice Andrews

Professor of Psychology

Your Profile Here!

   

Published On: December 29, 2016

David Sloan Wilson

David Sloan Wilson

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 EvoS, 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, and 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. .

5 Comments

  • Dennis D. Embry says:

    Understanding evolution is vital for improving the wellbeing our the current and future generations. Unlike other creatures on the planet, we have the cognitive ability to understand how natural selection processes can or might operate on daily lives, our behavior, and even our genes. Thus, we are empowered to be co-creators, rather than blind passengers of our futures. For me this is profound spiritual gift, if we choose to use this knowledge wisely. In my daily work, I realize that I, as a human, am a “co-designer” of our futures. That incurs considerable responsibility to think and choose wisely.

  • Local Knowledge Tapui says:

    Can we pay via Paypal or online banking so as to avoid credit card transaction? We have $NZ and UK pound accounts. Kia ora from Aotearoa : )

  • David Schuy says:

    This project is really great because understanding evolution is very important to understand our origins and why we are here in the first place. And I have to admit that I am a huge fan of Prof. David Sloan Wilson. His books and work are great! He is one of the founder of the multilevel selection which is a key in understanding pro social behavior in the animal (including humans) world. And the between-group selection can indeed give the ecplanation for this “mystery”, which it isn’t anymore. Thank you Prof. Wilson for this project. I hope I can join more to this and engage with you from time to time.

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