An Interview with John Maynard Smith

John Maynard Smith, who died in 2004 at the age of 84, was one of the major figures in 20th century evolutionary biology. He was professor emeritus at the University of Sussex.

Robert Wright interviews John Maynard Smith:

Books by John Maynard Smith:

Evolution And The Theory Of Games

The Major Transitions In Evolution

The Theory Of Evolution

Books by Robert Wright:

NonzeroThe Moral Animal

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Anonymous said...

I couldn't understand the dialogue. To me though, one thing is obvious to any rational human being. The Gods of all the various religions did not bring about creation of mankind, nor all of various rules that religions dictates that we should follow.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting. In my opinion he is too hesitant to apply anything to modern human life. It is not surprising, considering the fact that he is a socialist.

His take on free will bugged me. Anyone else? He seems to claim that we have free will, and that it is a matter of degrees, i.e. the old "no-gun-to-my-head" thing. I think it is a much bigger philisophical question than that. Of course we think we can "choose," that is what makes it such an interesting question!

Anonymous said...


Just glancing over that site, it seems VERY slanted towards faith and mysticism. It really takes away from it, they could have been very interesting interviews.

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