The Social Conquest of Earth - Edward O. Wilson

The Social Conquest of Earth

By Edward O. Wilson

  • Release Date: 2012-04-09
  • Genre: Life Sciences
4 Score: 4 (From 71 Ratings)
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    New York Times Bestseller

    From the most celebrated heir to Darwin comes a groundbreaking book on evolution, the summa work of Edward O. Wilson's legendary career.
    Sparking vigorous debate in the sciences, The Social Conquest of Earth upends “the famous theory that evolution naturally encourages creatures to put family first” (Discover). Refashioning the story of human evolution, Wilson draws on his remarkable knowledge of biology and social behavior to demonstrate that group selection, not kin selection, is the premier driving force of human evolution. In a work that James D. Watson calls “a monumental exploration of the biological origins of the human condition,” Wilson explains how our innate drive to belong to a group is both a “great blessing and a terrible curse” (Smithsonian). Demonstrating that the sources of morality, religion, and the creative arts are fundamentally biological in nature, the renowned Harvard University biologist 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.

    Reviews

    • the Social Conquest of Earth

      5
      By ROJ II
      Few scientists can convey the philosophical wisdom as well as Wilson. This is perhaps his most important work. Well worth the read.
    • Fascinating, thought provoking

      5
      By atd616
      This book was absolutely fantastic in that it provided a very thoughtful and insightful look at our past. While I personally disagree with the atheist views that were espoused, I respect the reasoning behind his writing.
    • Science reader

      5
      By non-fiction reader
      A brilliant assessment of who we are and how we got here that counters many of his own previous assertions in his heavily challenged, ground breaking opus, Sociobiology.

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