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David Sloan Wilson  DAVID SLOAN WILSON

   Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences
   PhD, Michigan State University, 1975
   Evolutionary biologist
   Science 3, Room 363

Research interests

David Sloan Wilson is an evolutionary biologist who studies humans in addition to other species. Specific interests relevant to anthropology include the relationship between genetic and cultural evolution, human social groups as adaptive units, and the nature of individual differences in personality traits such as shyness and boldness or cooperation and exploitation. His research includes theoretical models, empirical studies, and analyses of broad subjects such as religion that attempt to integrate evolutionary biology and the human social sciences.


1998 Wilson, D. S. Hunting, sharing and multilevel selection: the tolerated theft model revisited. Current Anthropology, 39, 73-97.

1998 Sober, E., & Wilson, D. S. Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

1999 Wilson, D. S., & Kniffin, K. M. Multilevel selection and the social transmission of behavior. Human Nature, 10, 291-310.

2000 Wilson, D. S.,Wilczynski, C.,Wells, A., & Weiser, L. Gossip and other aspects of language as group-level adaptations. In C. Heyes & L. Huber (Eds.), Cognition and Evolution (pp. 347-365). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

2002 Wilson, D. S. Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion and the Nature of Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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