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The Neighborhood Project

by David Sloan Wilson
New York: Little, Brown, 2011. 448 pages.

Reviewer Richard F. Firenze writes that Wilson “is suggesting that by reading the directions, written in the language of evolution, and working with what’s on the table, a species honed for survival and reproduction on the African savanna by what he calls the ‘hammer blows of natural selection’ ... can create not just a better city … but in fact a better world. … He cogently argues that we can use evolution both to understand and to improve the human condition, and that evolutionary science can and will (if he has his way) deliver practical answers to the problems of everyday life.”