Tuesday, June 26, 2007

David Sloan Wilson

David Sloan Wilson's new book -- his first for a general audience -- is Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives.

A few years ago, following the publication of Darwin's Cathedral, Andrew Brown interviewed Wilson for the Guardian.

From the interview:

"My decision to become a scientist was in part motivated by the fact that my father [Sloan Wilson, author of The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit] was such a famous novelist that I couldn't do that. But he did give me a love of writing. So there was a strange combination of wanting to please him and wanting to do something different. I wanted to be a scientist, and first I had in mind the kind of white-coated brain surgeon. Then I discovered it was possible to be an ecologist. I sometimes think of myself as a novelist trapped inside the body of a scientist. As soon as there was a way to study human beings within my discipline I moved to that."
Read the entire article.

The Page 69 Test: Evolution for Everyone

--Marshal Zeringue