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After decades of studying animals in their habitats, evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson had a radical idea-apply evolutionary science to the study of a city. Cities are like organisms, so why not study them as such? Inspired to become an agent of change in his post-industrial hometown, Wilson descended on its neighborhoods with a scientist's eye. What does bullying feed on? How can we give kids the best start in life? Is spirituality expanding into new areas, or shrinking? How does neighborhood quality affect test scores? After learning how these traits "live" throughout a city, how can we improve the lives of its citizens? Populated with original research and the latest science, and written in an appealing, personal narrative, THE NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECT is a significant book that strives to define how places define us.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: The Listener||p. 3|
|Evolution, Cities, and the World||p. 9|
|My City||p. 27|
|The Parable of the Strider||p. 40|
|The Parable of the Wasp||p. 59|
|The Maps||p. 80|
|Quantifying Halloween||p. 92|
|We Are Now Entering the Noosphere||p. 102|
|The Parable of the Immune System||p. 125|
|The Reflection||p. 139|
|The Humanist and the Ceo||p. 181|
|The Lost Island of Prevention Science||p. 192|
|The Lecture That Failed||p. 216|
|Learning from Mother Nature about Teaching Our Children||p. 229|
|The World with Us||p. 253|
|The Parable of the Crow||p. 272|
|Our Lives, Our Genes||p. 289|
|The Natural History of the Afterlife||p. 305|
|Body and Soul||p. 353|
|City on a Hill||p. 379|
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