By David Sloan Wilson
The key, argues Wilson, is to consider society as an organism, an outdated concept that has acquired new existence in keeping with contemporary advancements in evolutionary biology. If society is an organism, will we then reflect on morality and faith as biologically and culturally advanced variations that let human teams to operate as unmarried devices instead of mere collections of people? Wilson brings numerous facts to endure in this query, from either the organic and social sciences. From Calvinism in sixteenth-century Geneva to Balinese water temples, from hunter-gatherer societies to city the USA, Wilson demonstrates how religions have enabled humans to accomplish through collective motion what they by no means may well do by myself. He additionally features a bankruptcy contemplating forgiveness from an evolutionary point of view and concludes by means of discussing how all social businesses, together with technological know-how, may gain advantage by way of incorporating components of religion.
Religious believers frequently evaluate their groups to unmarried organisms or even to insect colonies. Astoundingly, Wilson exhibits that they may be actually right. meant for any trained reader, Darwin's Cathedral will swap ceaselessly the way in which we view the kin between evolution, faith, and human society.
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