Anyone interested in
evolutionary biology will, to some extent, touch upon the more far
reaching and philosophical aspects that may follow from a darwinian
view of life. Linked to an interest in environmental issues, I have
allocated some time to study the evolution of biological ideas and
concepts, and their potential bearings on moral issues like selfishness
vs. altruism, and aspects linked to determinism, chance and necessity.
Do avoid the naturalistic fallacy! Click on books and writings
for more information on darwinism and neo-darwinism among other things
(mostly in Norwegian). An edited book on Darwin from various angles
(Hessen, Stenseth and Lie) was published in 2009 in the honour of
the 200 year (since birth) and 150 year (since Origin of Species) anniversaries. Also a book on evolutiona aimed for a younger audience will be published by fall 2009.
Another long-lasting interest is Nature at large, i.e. both human in nature and the nature in humans.
Related to the first topic, I have since childhood had a deep passion
for nature and "conservation" (not an ideal word in this context...) of
nature. Related to this is the nature of humans. Are there inherited
and deeply rooted drives in humans towards degradation of nature due to
short-term harvesiting of goods. While I do argue against a belief in
genetic determinism (cf. Gener, Gud og Gaia, 2003), human nature - or
rather human natures - are never irrelevant. Pretty much of my more
popular writings are centered around these issued, latest expressed in
the book titled Nature
(2008). As a consequence of this, I am very much in favour of Arne
Næss´ wisdom of life; "Rich life, simple means" ("Det rike
liv med enkle midler").