An Interview with Robert N. McCauley

Science provides a foundation for modern life, but a broad view of cultural evolution reveals science to be very unusual, very recent, and very fragile. David Sloan Wilson interviews Robert N. McCauley, Director of Emory University’s Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture, on the basis of his book Why Religion is Natural and Science is Not (Oxford University Press 2011). The interview was conducted while both were attending the Ernst Strugmann Forum on cultural evolution in May 2012.


Published On: September 11, 2012

David Sloan Wilson

David Sloan Wilson

David Sloan Wilson is SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University. He applies evolutionary theory to all aspects of humanity in addition to the rest of life, both in his own research and as director of EvoS, a unique campus-wide evolutionary studies program that recently received NSF funding to expand into a nationwide consortium. His books include Darwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society, Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives, and The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time and Does Altruism Exist? Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others. .

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