Category Archives: Darwin’s paradigm

Ideas that add up #190

Wilson argues that multilevel selection – both at the level of individuals and groups – has led to the creation of eusociality in ants and humans. In the simplest terms, individuals who co-operate together in groups achieve more and enhance … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #188

Because we evolved in the Palaeolithic, I like to say humanity has Palaeolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and godlike power. E.O. Wilson, interviewed for The Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4, July 28th, 2015 In other words we’re out of our depth: … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #170

The essence of group selection is this: “although a high standard of morality gives but a slight or no advantage to each individual man and his children over other men of the same tribe…an increase in the number of well-endowed … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #126

In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. Supposedly Darwin, Descent of Man A look down the intertubes for the source of this quotation led straight to: six things … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #124

The horses watched as wild animals watch, ears pricked and turned towards us, eyes locked, occasionally tossing their heads and snorting, ready to flee. But when we squatted down and waited, they began to move towards us. A careless movement … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #84

Nassim Nicholas Taleb tells us in a new book Antifragile: How to Live in a World We Don’t Understand, how beneficial it can be for individuals, institutions and systems to exercise a bit of variation and flexibility. Is this not one of … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #79

“That was why, I think, you got such ferocious attention and hairsplitting over the text of what Lenin wrote. The attempt to dissociate the later development of the Soviet Union from Lenin’s ideas. Now, if you think of it in … Continue reading

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