Neighborhood Project : Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 8/24/2011
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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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 Listenerp. 3
Evolution, Cities, and the Worldp. 9
My Cityp. 27
The Parable of the Striderp. 40
The Parable of the Waspp. 59
The Mapsp. 80
Quantifying Halloweenp. 92
We Are Now Entering the Noospherep. 102
The Parable of the Immune Systemp. 125
The Reflectionp. 139
Street-Smartp. 163
The Humanist and the Ceop. 181
The Lost Island of Prevention Sciencep. 192
The Lecture That Failedp. 216
Learning from Mother Nature about Teaching Our Childrenp. 229
The World with Usp. 253
The Parable of the Crowp. 272
Our Lives, Our Genesp. 289
The Natural History of the Afterlifep. 305
Evonomicsp. 332
Body and Soulp. 353
City on a Hillp. 379
Acknowledgmentsp. 391
Notesp. 393
Referencesp. 405
Indexp. 421
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