Jonas Salk "Survival of the Wisest"


Most people know Salk as the man who dicovered the vaccine for Polio and decided to share his dicovery free of charge. First time I heard of him, was when I came across his book "Survival of the Wisest". In it, he suggests that there is another way to look at evolution, in which cooperation is more relevant than competition or the survival of the fittest. Salk tried to bridge the gap between science and social studies and explain how compassion and kindness are actually natural, especially from a scientific standpoint.

„It is as if nature, evolution, and mind have many qualities in common and can be viewed as different ways of percieving the basic phenomena of order and existence.“

Though written in the 70ies this book is more relevant than ever. Today especially the sustainability movement is referencing Salk's work.