This reading group will be a deep dive into the topic of evolution, starting at it's inception in 1859 with Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, progressing through all the major works in evolutionary theory, and concluding with the evolutionary psychology revolution of the last 40 years. We will be reading original source material as much as possible, which means that things will get technical at times. That being said, an attempt will be made to read books over journal articles, since they fit better into a once-a-month format.
Here is an incomplete planned reading list:
- On The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin - The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin - Experiments in Plant Hybridization, Gregor Mendel - The Germ Plasm: A Theory of Inheritance, August Weismann - Systematics and the Origin of Species, Ernst Mayr - Variation and Evolution in Plants, G. Ledyard Stubbins - Genetics and the Origin of Species, Theodosius Dobzhansky - Tempo and Mode in Evolution, George Gaylord Simpson - Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, E.O. Wilson - Selected papers of Robert Trivers - The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins - The Extended Phenotype, Richard Dawkins - The Evolution of Human Sexuality, Donald Symons - The Adapted Mind, Leda Cosmides & John Tooby - The Nurture Assumption, Judith Rich Harris - The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker - Why Buddhism Is True, Robert Wright - Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Daniel Dennett