By Clay Farris Naff
"Applied evolution" has been tried with some success in medicine, marketing, and computer science, but David Sloan Wilson goes one better. In this edition of Science Odyssey, he introduces us to applied evolutionary philanthropy! Wilson, a distinguished professor of biology and anthropology at Binghamton University, stepped out of the groves of academe to try an audacious project: bringing evolutionary theory to bear on some of the most entrenched problems in the city around him: failing schools, crime, crumbling properties. With successes under his belt, he's written a new book, called The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve my City, One Block at a Time.
Clay Farris Naff is (claynaff.com) is a science author and blogger whose weekly radio program, Science Odyssey, airs Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 9 a.m. CST on KZUM, Lincoln's community radio station. You can hear it over the air at 89.3 FM or on the web live at kzum.org. Clay's science and religion blog on the Huffington Post can be seen here.