- Erol Akcay (UPenn), John A. Ferejohn (NYU), and James D. Fearon, Joan Roughgarden, and Barry R. Weingast (Stanford): Biological Institutions: The Political Science of Animal Cooperation.
- From Metapsychology, Robert William Fischer reviews Cooperation and Its Evolution, ed. Kim Sterelny, Richard Joyce, Brett Calcott, and Ben Fraser; and William Simkulet reviews The Connected Self: The Ethics and Governance of the Genetic Individual by Heather Widdows.
- Is morality hardwired? Laura Miller reviews Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil by Paul Bloom (and more).
- Did God make these babies moral? Paul Bloom on how Intelligent Design's oldest attack on evolution is as popular as ever.
- Science proves Louis C.K. is right: New studies show the "equality bias" in kids turns out to be a lot like a famous Louis CK joke about kids and toys.
- Beyond the paleo: Allen Buchanan and Russell Powell on how our morality may be a product of natural selection, but that doesn’t mean it's set in stone.
- David Dobbs on the social life of genes: Your DNA is not a blueprint — day by day, week by week, your genes are in a conversation with your surroundings; and on how the selfish gene is one of the most successful science metaphors ever invented — unfortunately, it’s wrong (and more).
- Selfish genes made me do it (and part 2).
- Survival of the selfish: Kyle O'Shea on natural selection and the myth of altruism.Why can't we all just get along?
- Robert Wright on the uncertain biological basis of morality.
- Kathy Benjamin on 5 unfortunate biases hard coded into your DNA.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Omnivore - The Uncertain Biological Basis of Morality
From Bookforum's Omnivore blog, this is a cool collection of links focused on issues of morality, ethics, and evolution. There is also an excellent article by David Dobbs (from Aeon) dismissing Richard Dawkins "selfish gene" hypothesis [the article was posted on this blog a month or two ago when it came out] in light of the new field of epigenetics. Must read for anyone who is interested in science, biology, and evolution.