The Social Conquest of Earth
Edward O. Wilson
This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
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.
Publishers Weekly Review
© Publishers Weekly
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.
Fascinating, thought provoking
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.