So far as we’ve seen, selection favors traits beneficial to the individual. In that case, how did altruism evolve? The concept of group selection offers a compelling perspective…
Once again, we’re going beyond what’s in our textbooks to look at some related topics that connect with more recent developments in Biology. Today, we’ll consider portions of a Science Friday interview with EO Wilson and TED Talk by Jonathan Haidt below should provide a nice introduction to the concept of group selection, another means by which species can change over time.
Also included here are excerpts from The Social Conquest of Earth in case you’d like to get more familiarized with group selection.
- From Science Friday: “How Humans and Insects Conquered the Earth” (the bulk of the discussion of group selection is in the first half of the show)