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Social Conquest of Earth

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ISBN-10: 0871404133

ISBN-13: 9780871404138

Edition: 2012

Authors: Edward O. Wilson

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Where did we come from? Whatare we? Where are we going? In a generational work of clarity and passion, oneof our greatest living scientists directly addresses these three fundamentalquestions of religion, philosophy, and science while overturning the famoustheory that evolution naturally encourages creatures to put family first (Discover magazine). Refashioning the story of human evolutionin a work that is certain to generate headlines, Wilson draws on his remarkableknowledge of biology and social behavior to show that group selection, not kinselection, is the primary driving force of human evolution. He proves thathistory makes no sense without prehistory, and prehistory makes no…    
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 4/9/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

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