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Sociobiology The New Synthesis

ISBN-10: 0674002350
ISBN-13: 9780674002357
Edition: 2nd 1975
Authors: Edward O. Wilson
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Description: When this work was first published it started a tumultuous round in the age-old nature versus nurture debate. It shows how research in human genetics and neuroscience has strengthened the case for biological understanding of human nature.

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List price: $58.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1975
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/24/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 720
Size: 10.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.806
Language: English

When this work was first published it started a tumultuous round in the age-old nature versus nurture debate. It shows how research in human genetics and neuroscience has strengthened the case for biological understanding of human nature.

He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1929. He is currently Pellegrino University Research Professor & Honorary Curator in Entomology of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. He is on the Board of Directors of the Nature Conservancy, Conservation International & the American Museum of Natural History. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Social Evolution
The Morality of the Gene
Elementary Concepts of Sociobiology
The Multiplier Effect
The Evolutionary Pacemaker and Social Drift
The Concept of Adaptive Demography
The Kinds and Degrees of Sociality
The Concept of Behavioral Scaling
The Dualities of Evolutionary Biology
Reasoning in Sociobiology
The Prime Movers of Social Evolution
Phylogenetic Inertia
Ecological Pressure
The Reversibility of Social Evolution
The Relevant Principles of Population Biology
Microevolution
Heritability
Polygenes and Linkage Disequilibrium
The Maintenance of Genetic Variation
Phenodeviants and Genetic Assimilation
Inbreeding and Kinship
Assortative and Disassortative Mating
Population Growth
Density Dependence
Intercompensation
Population Cycles of Mammals
Life Tables
The Stable Age Distribution
Reproductive Value
Reproductive Effort
The Evolution of Life Histories
r and K Selection
The Evolution of Gene Flow
Group Selection and Altruism
Group Selection
Interdemic (Interpopulation) Selection
Kin Selection
Reciprocal Altruism
Altruistic Behavior
The Field of Righteousness
Social Mechanisms
Group Size, Reproduction, and Time-Energy Budgets
The Determinants of Group Size
Adjustable Group Size
The Multiplication and Reconstitution of Societies
Time-Energy Budgets
The Development and Modification of Social Behavior
Tracking the Environment with Evolutionary Change
The Hierarchy of Organismic Responses
Tracking the Environment with Morphogenetic Change
Nongenetic Transmission of Maternal Experience
Hormones and Behavior
Learning
Socialization
Play
Tradition, Culture, and Invention
Tool Using
Communication: Basic Principles
Human versus Animal Communication
Discrete versus Graded Signals
The Principle of Antithesis
Signal Specificity
Signal Economy
The Increase of Information
The Measurement of Communication
The Pitfalls of Information Analysis
Redundancy
Communication: Functions and Complex Systems
The Functions of Communication
The Higher Classification of Signal Function
Complex Systems
Communication: Origins and Evolution
The Sensory Channels
Evolutionary Competition among Sensory Channels
Aggression
Aggression and Competition
The Mechanisms of Competition
The Limits of Aggression
The Proximate Causes of Aggression
Human Aggression
Social Spacing, Including Territory
Individual Distance
A "Typical" Territorial Species
The History of the Territory Concept
The Multiple Forms of Territory
The Theory of Territorial Evolution
Special Properties of Territory
Territories and Population Regulation
Interspecific Territoriality
Dominance Systems
History of the Dominance Concept
Examples of Dominance Orders
Special Properties of Dominance Orders
The Advantages of Being Dominant
The Compensations of Being Subordinate
The Determinants of Dominance
Intergroup Dominance
Interspecific Dominance
Scaling in Aggressive Behavior
Roles and Castes
The Adaptive Significance of Roles
The Optimization of Caste Systems
Roles in Vertebrate Societies
Roles in Human Societies
Sex and Society
The Meaning of Sex
Evolution of the Sex Ratio
Sexual Selection
The Theory of Parental Investment
The Origins of Polygamy
The Origins of Monogamy and Pair Bonding
Communal Displays
Other Ultimate Causes of Sexual Dimorphism
Parental Care
The Ecology of Parental Care
Parent-Offspring Conflict
Parental Care and Social Evolution in the Insects
Parental Care and Social Evolution in the Primates
Other Animal Ontogenies
Alloparental Care
Adoption
Social Symbioses
Social Commensalism
Social Mutualism
Parabiosis
Mixed Species Groups in Vertebrates
Trophic Parasitism
Xenobiosis
Temporary Social Parasitism in Insects
Brood Parasitism in Birds
Slavery in Ants
Inquilinism in Ants
The General Occurrence of Social Parasitism in Insects
Breaking the Code
The Social Species
The Four Pinnacles of Social Evolution
The Colonial Microorganisms and Invertebrates
The Adaptive Basis of Coloniality
General Evolutionary Trends in Coloniality
Slime Molds and Colonial Bacteria
The Coelenterates
The Ectoprocts
The Social Insects
What Is a Social Insect?
The Organization of Insect Societies
The Prime Movers of Higher Social Evolution in Insects
The Social Wasps
The Ants
The Social Bees
The Termites
The Cold-Blooded Vertebrates
Fish Schools
The Social Behavior of Frogs
The Social Behavior of Reptiles
The Birds
The Crotophaginae
The Jays
Evolutionary Trends within the Mammals
General Patterns
The Whiptail Wallaby (Macropus parryi)
The Black-tail Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Dolphins
The Ungulates and Elephants
The Ecological Basis of Social Evolution
Chevrotains (Tragulidae)
The Vicuna (Vicugna vicugna)
The Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)
The African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
The Carnivores
The Black Bear (Ursus americanus)
The Coati (Nasua narica)
The Lion (Panthera leo)
Wolves and Dogs (Canidae)
The Nonhuman Primates
The Distinctive Social Traits or Primates
The Ecology of Social Behavior in Primates
The Lesser Mouse Lemur (Microcebus murinus)
The Orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus)
The Dusky Titi (Callicebus moloch)
The White-Handed Gibbon (Hylobates lar)
The Mantled Howler (Alouatta villosa)
The Ring-Tailed Lemur (Lemur catta)
The Hamadryas Baboon (Papio hamadryas)
The Eastern Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei)
The Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes)
Man: From Sociobiology to Sociology
Plasticity of Social Organization
Barter and Reciprocal Altruism
Bonding, Sex, and Division of Labor
Role Playing and Polyethism
Communication
Culture, Ritual, and Religion
Ethics
Esthetics
Territoriality and Tribalism
Early Social Evolution
Later Social Evolution
The Future
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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