Social Conquest of Earth

ISBN-10: 0871403633
ISBN-13: 9780871403636
Edition: N/A
Authors: Edward O. Wilson
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $17.95
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 4/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

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.

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.

Prologue
Why Does Advanced Social Life Exist?
The Human Condition
Where Do We Come From?
The Two Paths to Conquest
The Approach
The Arrival
Threading the Evolutionary Maze
The Creative Forces
Tribalism Is a Fundamental Human Trait
War as Humanity's Hereditary Curse
The Breakout
The Creative Explosion
The Sprint to Civilization
How Social Insects Conquered the Invertebrate World
The Invention of Eusociality
Inventions That Advanced the Social Insects
The Forces of Social Evolution
The Scientific Dilemma of Rarity
Insect Altruism and Eusociality Explained
Insects Take the Giant Leap
How Natural Selection Creates Social Instincts
The Forces of Social Evolution
The Emergence of a New Theory of Eusociality
What Are We?
What Is Human Nature?
How Culture Evolved
The Origins of Language
The Evolution of Cultural Variation
The Origins of Morality and Honor
The Origins of Religion
The Origins of the Creative Arts
Where Are We Going?
A New Enlightenment
Acknowledgments
References
Index

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