David Sloan Wilson is trained as an evolutionary biologist and has played an important role in expanding Darwin’s theory beyond the biological sciences to include all aspects of humanity. He is best known for championing Multilevel Selection Theory, which explains how adaptations can evolve—or fail to evolve—at any level of a multi-tier hierarchy, such as from genes to ecosystems in nature and small groups to global governance in human society.
LECTURE OCTOBER 17 (TH) 7-8:30pm
Steering toward the Omega Point: Managing Cultural Evolution for the Global Good
The scientist and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) coined the term “Omega Point” to refer to a global consciousness that humanity was evolving toward. In a more practical vein, everyone can agree on the need for good governance at a global scale, even if there is widespread disagreement and confusion on how to get there. Wilson will evaluate the prospect for good governance at all scales from a modern evolutionary perspective, including the role of spirituality that makes Teilhard de Chardin’s writing so distinctive and motivating.
WORKSHOP OCTOBER 18 (F)
Prosocial: A Practical Framework for Managing Cultural Evolution in any Group or Business Setting
People use words such as “evolve” and “adapt” all the time when referring to the need for positive change. Prosocial is the first practical positive change method based on the latest developments of evolutionary science. It is a multi-level approach that can be applied at the Micro (single groups), Meso (multi-group cultural ecosystems), and Macro (the global good and ultimate level of implementation) scales. This one-day workshop will explore how Prosocial can help to fulfill the mission of your group or organization. It will be highly practical and applicable to any group.
Location: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at 3201 Windsor Rd, Austin, TX. Carpool and ride-sharing encouraged — free parking available in Good Shepherd’s Parking Garage and along the street.