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1. David Sloan Wilson: "Evolving Beliefs and Other Motivational Systems"

David Sloan Wilson, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Binghamton University, is a leading evolutionary theorist, both in the life and (more recently) the social sciences. David's academic writings, which he now extends into actual cultural interventions and policy recommendations, are crucial for advancing the utility and allure of the naturalistic paradigm.

David's books include Evolution for Everyone and Darwin's Cathedral, and he coauthored The Literary Animal and Unto Others — the latter is subtitled "The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior." Important links include: David's blog, the Evolutionary Studies Program (EVOS), the Evolution Institute, Evolutionary Religious Studies, and the Nature of Regulation. You can access online his published philosophical papers. Among the most important cross-disciplinary papers are "Rethinking the Theoretical Foundation of Sociobiology" (coauthored with Edward O. Wilson) and "A Beginner's Guide to Evolutionary Religious Studies" (lead author).

Theme song "Poetry of Reality" courtesy Symphony of Science.

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