The Social Conquest of Earth

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 9, 2012 - Science - 330 pages
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From the most celebrated heir to Darwin comes a groundbreaking book on evolution, the summa work of Edward O. Wilson's legendary career.

Where did we come from? What are we? Where are we going? In a generational work of clarity and passion, one of our greatest living scientists directly addresses these three fundamental questions of religion, philosophy, and science while “overturning the famous theory that evolution naturally encourages creatures to put family first” (Discover magazine). Refashioning the story of human evolution in a work that is certain to generate headlines, Wilson draws on his remarkable knowledge of biology and social behavior to show that group selection, not kin selection, is the primary driving force of human evolution. He proves that history makes no sense without prehistory, and prehistory makes no sense without biology. Demonstrating that the sources of morality, religion, and the creative arts are fundamentally biological in nature, Wilson presents us with the clearest explanation ever produced as to the origin of the human condition and why it resulted in our domination of the Earth’s biosphere.
  

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The best kind of popular science writing. - Goodreads
The insights are breathtaking. - Goodreads
The introduction and cover were the best parts. - Goodreads
He is a very intelligent but accessible writer. - Goodreads
I have long been a fan of Wilson and his writing. - Goodreads
... individual selection as evolutionary forces. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

Edward O. Wilson's stance is that sociality comes about not through reciprocity and kin selection which most biologist believe, but through group selection. However, his reasoning for rejecting kin ... Read full review

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User Review  - Matt McDevitt - Goodreads

What I learned I didn't care too much for (lots of discussion around ants and wasps) and what I did know already was quite bland. Not much of an exciting book. Was often were pedantic around religious views and such. I would recommend spending your time reading something more enlightening. Read full review

Contents

WHY DOES ADVANCED SOCIAL LIFE EXIST?
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HOW SOCIAL INSECTS CONOUERED
107
Inventions That Advanced the Social Insects
120
THE FORCES OF SOCIAL EVOLUTION
131
WHAT ARE
187
WHERE ARE WE GOING?
285
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References 303
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Edward O. Wilson is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Social Conquest of Earth and Anthill: A Novel, as well as the Pulitzer Prize–winning On Human Nature and (with Bert Hölldobler) The Ants. For his contributions in science and conservation, he has received more than one hundred awards from around the world. A professor emeritus at Harvard University, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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