The Social Conquest of Earth
W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 27, 2012 - Science - 330 pages
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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Better towards the end... or at least I found it more interesting. Surprised a bit by some redundancies early on. Also thought that he could have done a better job explaining certain concepts within ... Read full review
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Wilson, authoritatively as one would expect, tackles the questions "Where do we come from?", "What are we?", and "Where are we going?". Some of the salient points: Whereas some insects attained ... Read full review
WHY DOES ADVANCED SOCIAL LIFE EXIST?
HOW SOCIAL INSECTS CONOUERED
Inventions That Advanced the Social Insects
THE FORCES OF SOCIAL EVOLUTION
WHERE ARE WE GOING?
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