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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User Review  - joeydag - LibraryThing

Very interesting perspective. The author uses a painting by Paul Gauguin to anchor his essays on socio-genetic evolution and human nature. Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? Read full review

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User Review  - KatieBrugger - LibraryThing

In this book Dr. Wilson has created an incredibly positive portrait of the human family: we have prospered because we have learned to work together. E. O. Wilson is an expert on ants, and in the 1970s ... Read full review

Contents

WHY DOES ADVANCED SOCIAL LIFE EXIST?
7
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 widely recognized as one of the world's preeminent biologists and naturalists. The author of more than twenty books, including The Creation, The Social Conquest of Earth, The Meaning of Human Existence, and Letters to a Young Scientist, Wilson is a professor emeritus at Harvard University. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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